Online exhibit of photography and writing by California teens documents place and history
PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITING EXHIBIT AT HTTP://WWW.CALHUM.ORG/MYPLACE SHOWCASES WORK OF 200 CALIFORNIA TEEN CITY/TOWN EXPLORERS
Free downloadable materials enable educators, librarians, and youth program providers to replicate the project
For 10 weeks more than 200 teens in 21 California communities armed with digital cameras and notebooks documented the little noticed and often overlooked in their cities and towns as part of a statewide humanities project created by the California Council for the Humanities and loosely based on the work of a Harvard University landscape history professor.
Now you can see the results of the teens’ explorations in an exhibit at www.calhum.org/myplace. The exhibit is the culmination of “How I See It — My Place,” a statewide Council project involving 21 California libraries. The goal was to get young people to know the places where they live; to give them new skills in photography, writing and critical thinking; and to spark their interest in the humanities.
The exhibit features over 300 photographs as well descriptive material about the photos written by the teens themselves. Also available is a downloadable program handbook, scholar essays by project advisors, and other resources to enable educators, youth organizations or other libraries to conduct the program on their own from start to finish.
The project was inspired by Harvard Professor John Stilgoe, who sees everyday landscape as a historical record and wants to awaken people to the excitement of exploring their surroundings. The idea for the project was based on Stilgoe’s book “Outside Lies Magic: Discovering History and Inspiration in Ordinary Places.”
California Stories: How I See It: My Place is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. This project is conducted in partnership with Califa, a membership-based service bureau designed to provide cost-effective delivery of services, programs and products through a membership network of California libraries.
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