Bartol Grantee Spotlight: Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Artwork from PPAC Teen Photo program participant Raemani McKay. (Photo credit: www.philaphotoarts.org.)
As part of a new Q&A series, we will be getting to know the Bartol Foundation’s 2018 grantees. The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) received a $5,000 Bartol grant for their Teen Photo program – a free after-school program open to any Philadelphia public high school student. Over the course of eight months, students receive access to photography equipment and training, go on field trips to art exhibitions around the city, create a book of their photos, and have the chance to exhibit and sell their work in PPAC’s gallery.
These questions were answered by Michelle Wallace, Youth Education Coordinator.
When do you know your work is making a difference?
When a student shares with me an accomplishment, goal, or knowledge they have attained.
What is the coolest thing a participant in your program ever said to you?
“Whaaat, you just blew my mind!” during a lesson on the grammar of photography.
What is the best tip you can give to someone doing arts education programs like yours?
Listen to your students.
If you could magically change one thing to make your program better, what would it be?
A bus to take the students to places that are hard to reach on public transportation. And of course, more funding! 😉
What is your favorite field trip? (Real or imagined.)