Educational Happenings: My Vision, My Voice

Making Art Reach Kids

This Thursday, NCLAC will be bringing My Vision, My Voice to Arcadia High School. My Vision, My Voice is a photojournalism workshop that gives students a chance to view themselves and their community in a unique, personal way. Using words and a camera, the kids will learn to evaluate themselves and appreciate their surroundings.

The workshop is one of NCLAC’s MARK (Making Art Reach Kids) programs and supports our mission by fostering creative expression, and by giving students a chance to celebrate not just who they are, but who they can become. Scholarly research shows that students who participate in the Arts are more likely to exhibit leadership and community involvement, and to develop a confident, solid work ethic.

For the Arcadia High School workshop, NCLAC will be partnering with the 21st CenturyCommunity Learning CentersProgram. The 21st CCLC provides academic enrichment opportunities for students after school.

photo taken by previous MVMV participant in Union Parish

Self-portrait, Family/Friends, and Dreams

The program will be supervised by Jes Schrom, Assistant Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University. Schrom is a dedicated educator with experience in both high school and collegiate education. Three of her Masters Candidates will teach the photography portions of the workshop, and an art and journalism senior will instruct the students on the writing assignments. The Louisiana Tech students who will be involved with the project are Ashley Feagin, Dan Snow, Caleb Clark, Jamie Johnson and Dacia Idom. Students will be assigned weekly projects exploring the themes of self-portrait, family and friends, and dreams.

The workshop will end with an exhibition and reception of the new work at the Woodard Room in Arcadia’s First National Bank on November 3. The photographs and writings will be presented for students and their families to view, discuss and enjoy.

NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

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