WASHINGTON (Nov. 14, 2011)—In May 2011 during Photo Camp Smith Island, 12 seventh-grade girls from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) and four 15- to 18-year-old girls from the Refugee Youth Project (RYP), who were the team leaders, had the opportunity to explore rising sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay and tell the story of Smith Island from their own perspective, using the tools of photojournalism and guided by the staff and photographers of National Geographic Photo Camp. This was the first all-girls Photo Camp and was held in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, whose mission is to Save the Bay and restore its ecological riches and its economic and cultural health. The 16 students’ photo and writing assignments focused on the culture and environment of Smith Island and the Chesapeake Bay, culminating in a final multimedia piece shown to residents on the island.
A print and multimedia exhibition highlighting the students’ work produced in this workshop will be on display at various locations in and around Baltimore City from November 2011 to April 2012:
- The Walters Art Museum — 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore
- Nov. 12-27, 2011
- Public reception: Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
- Stevenson University — 1525 Greenspring Valley Rd., Stevenson, Md.
- Jan. 4-25, 2012
- Public reception: Thursday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
- The Creative Alliance — 3134 Eastern Ave. #A, Baltimore
- March — Women’s History Month (exhibition dates not yet finalized)
BLSYW is an all-girls school whose mission is to provide students with an education free from the gender stereotypes of society. RYP is an after-school program run by Baltimore City Community College in conjunction with local refugee resettlement agencies. RYP seeks to enrich the lives of Baltimore refugees by supporting their academic needs and making their acculturation meaningful. National Geographic’s goal in combining these groups of young women was to connect inner-city youth who may not otherwise have an opportunity to work and learn together.
Cameras for the Photo Camp were provided by Olympus Imaging America Inc.
National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,000 young people in over 50 locations since 2003. Photo Camps were also held this year in California’s Channel Islands and in Philadelphia. Visit nationalgeographic.com/photocamp or visionworkshops.org for more information.
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