International Center of Photography Collaboration

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Friends of Island Academy is fortunate to partner with the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) and the International Center of Photography (ICP), who provides instruction in the basics of digital photography. ICP’s Community Partnership with Friends of Island Academy empowers young men and women to strengthen and share their voices through photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking.

Youth at Friends are given the opportunity to work with digital cameras, laptop computers, and journals, becoming more comfortable with their possibilities as tools for learning, self-expression, and affecting change. By the end of the session, they grow as photographers and story-tellers and become especially aware of the importance of telling their own stories.

The curriculum includes: theme-based discussions, photography and writing assignments, slide presentations, group critiques/sharings, a guest artist visit, field trips, and time to prepare for the final presentation. The program culminates in a multimedia celebration of the students’ work for staff, family, and friends.