During October of 2013, The Galleries at Moore began its first community art project for Learning Through Photography (LTP) at Moore. Kathryn Sclavi and Jebney Lewis, both Philadelphia-based community artists and educators, began a cinema experience project with sixth-grade students and English and drama teachers at Warren G. Harding Middle School. The project focuses on working with students to expose, discuss and recreate the painstaking construction of cinematic and photographic still images. By creating their own cinematic realities, students learned about the artifice behind image-making, both in the art we consume and in our own lives, and the way in which the final cinema experience makes you forget about the details of its making.
Guided by Sclavi and Lewis, the students have been developing alter ego characters through writing, discussion and photography. Once the characters are fully conceived, the students will work with professional, Philadelphia-area producers, costume and prop designers and photographers to shoot scenes for movie posters on December 3rd featuring the students in costume as their alter egos.
Acting as both client and judge the participating students will then work with Moore graphic design students to create the graphics for the posters. The final posters will be on view in The Galleries’ Widener Memorial Foundation Gallery in January 2014 as part of a public storytelling event in collaboration with Young Playwrights of Philadelphia, where the students will judge impromptu stories, told by members of the community, about their individual movie posters.
We are BEYOND THRILLED to be part of this community-oriented, student-led project with two amazing Philadelphia artists and educators. More about the project leaders, Kathryn and Jebney, the project in process, and the student exhibition and event will be posted throughout the fall and winter leading up to the final event in January.