Through the Eyes of Our Children—Something Beautiful

Begin Date2011-05-08
End Date2011-07-24
Credit LineThe exhibition was organized by Preservation LINK, Inc. Additional support was provided by the Foundation for Community Empowerment, Dallas Independent School District, Art Conspiracy, Mr. Joseph Dean, Gigantic Color, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
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LocationMezzanine 2
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionThrough the Eyes of Our Children-Something Beautiful showcases the work of more than seventy students from several elementary schools in the South Dallas-Fair Park area of the Dallas Independent School District. Inspired to embark on personal journeys of discovery, students are taught by photographer David Herman, Jr., how to use photography and mixed media to capture snapshots of humanity and convey their perceptions about self, community, and social responsibility. On view May 8 through July 24, 2011, this photography and mixed-media exhibition showcases the work of 4th and 5th grade students from Charles Rice Learning Center, H.S. Thompson Learning Center, and Martin Luther King Learning Center elementary schools who have participated in Preservation LINK's Point of View photojournalism course (5th graders) and Visual Literacy Workshop (4th graders) media arts programs. The opening of Through the Eyes of Our Children-Something Beautiful marks the beginning of a summer-long engagement for Preservation LINK student photographers. Through participation in the DMA's First Tuesdays, students will lead exhibition tours and give gallery talks discussing the inspiration behind their work with Museum visitors. Since 2004 Preservation LINK has partnered with elementary school teachers to deliver the Point of View program (POV), a twelve-week photojournalism program that has served over five hundred students in several Dallas Independent School District schools. Through individual and collaborative assignments, this three-tier photojournalism course uses verbal, writing, and photographic activities to engage 5th graders in an exploration of education, community, culture, and social responsibility. As students communicate their perceptions and explore daily happenings near their homes and schools, the resulting words and images that students produce form an extraordinary documentation of our contemporary world. In 2010 Preservation LINK launched its Visual Literacy Workshop (VLW), a twelve-week program engaging 4th graders in visually based activities that reinforce several Reading/Language Arts curriculum objectives. Using portrait photographs, the students were asked to create a personal mixed media project that illustrates their perceptions about character, goal setting, and social responsibility. Preservation LINK, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit education agency that has reached thousands of youth through its media and visual arts programs and many partners. Its mission is to teach youth, through literacy, art, and technology education, how to explore, express, and experience the growth and empowerment gained from learning. Partners in 2011 include Big Thought (Thriving Minds), Cisco Systems, the Dallas Independent School District, the Hoblitzelle Foundation, and the Dallas Museum of Art.