The Galleries at Moore Present Gathering Voice, a Citywide Exhibition Featuring Photographs and Writing Created by Philadelphia Schoolchildren

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2012

(Philadelphia, PA) – Moore College of Art & Design is pleased to announce a Gathering Voice, an exhibition featuring select photographs and writing by Philadelphia schoolchildren participating in Learning Through Photography (LTP) at Moore. Works created by 4th–12th grade students will be on view July 23 – November 2, 2012 in City Hall as part of the Art in City Hall program and as poster installations in twenty-one bus shelters along east Market Street in cooperation with the Center City District’s Art in Transit program.


Participating Philadelphia schools include: the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, CCA Baldi Middle School, Dimner Beeber Middle School, Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School, Nueva Esperanza Academy High School, Russell Byers Charter School, Warren G. Harding Middle School, William Cramp Elementary School, and William H. Ziegler Elementary School.


“Connecting with the community has always been a goal of this program,” says Liz Gilly, outreach and public programs coordinator at The Galleries at Moore. “A public installation raises public awareness of how teaching through visual art and everyday experiences improves verbal and written communication, and visual and cultural literacy.


Downloadable maps with program and installation information will be available on The Galleries at Moore and Center City District’s websites. Join the conversation about the program and its impact in Philadelphia schools and communities on The Galleries’ Twitter page at #LTPatMoore or visit www.learningthroughphotographyatmoore.org.


Additionally, an exhibition publication will be available in late fall, and a short documentary on the first year of the program through the eyes of students and teachers at William Cramp Elementary School will be released in August.


Now in its second year in Philadelphia schools, Learning Through Photography at Moore is an outreach initiative focusing on collaboration, community engagement, and the impact of art education on learning. LTP uses photography and writing as tools for learning through art, promoting in-classroom collaborative teaching, encouraging home and community participation in learning, and supporting Philadelphia’s citywide goal of improving literacy and arts access for school-age youth. In classrooms where Learning Through Photography has been used as a teaching tool, teachers have seen marked improvements in student behavior, attendance and writing skills, and observed in many students a newfound confidence in self expression.


Learning Through Photography at Moore is supported by grants from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell Foundation, The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, The Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation and The Barra Foundation.


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Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.


The Art in City Hall program presents exhibitions that showcase contemporary artwork by professional and emerging Philadelphia visual artists. Encompassing a variety of mediums, techniques and subjects, this municipal program is committed to presenting a diversity of ideas and artistic explorations. The program strives to link visual artists with the larger community by providing the public with a greater knowledge and appreciation of their artistic achievements. For more information


Since 1994, the Center City District (CCD) has offered the Art in Transit program to provide a discounted promotional opportunity to qualifying not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. The CCD, in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia, has made available 47 transit shelter display panels on Chestnut, Walnut, Market and South Broad Streets for the display of posters promoting upcoming performances, exhibits, and events of civic interest as well as to enhance the public environment of Center City. These posters are viewed more than 20,000 times a day, making them a powerful and cost-effective marketing tool.






 

Published on July 19th, 2012