Imagination Invasion from Planet Space: A Triple Feature

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Imagination Invasion from Planet Space: A Triple Feature

October 1, 2013 – February 4, 2014

LIVE STORYTELLING EVENT: THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 10 – 11 am (Free and open to the public)

RECEPTION: THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 5:30-8 pm (Free and open to the public)

To RSVP to these events please email LTP Assistant Linda Moye at


Philadelphia, PA – The Galleries at Moore will present the finale event and exhibition of their first artist-led community project for Learning Through Photography (LTP) at Moore this January.

Philadelphia-based artists and educators Kathryn Sclavi and Jebney Lewis were invited to develop a project based on what students were writing about and discussing in the sixth grade LTP classroom of Kelly Ann Coughlin at Warren G. Harding Middle School. What developed out of conversations with both Coughlin and her students was a “cinema experience project.”

The project focused on exposing, discussing and recreating the painstaking construction of cinematic and photographic still images. By imagining their own cinematic realities, Harding Middle School students learned about the artifice behind image making, both in the art we consume and in our own lives. Through participation in this process, students came to understand what it takes to bring an imaginative world into reality. The project also installed the students as clients of their final movie poster graphics created by Moore College students and other design professionals, and judges of narrative film treatments of their posters created by other young writers.

Guided by Sclavi and Lewis over eight weeks, the students worked in collaborative teams to devise characters, plots, and settings for three original movie ideas, titled “The Ancient Planet of Dezron,” “Revenge of the Shifter,” and “Sickness: The Takeover.”  Once the plots were fully conceived, Sclavi and Lewis assembled a production crew of make-up artists, grips, technicians, a costume designer, and a photographer. These professionals assembled props and wardrobe and shot scenes from the students’ movie ideas, with the students themselves cast as the characters they created. The students’ imaginations came to life - warriors and villains from a distant planet posed for their glamour shots in the school library, zombies shambled through a mysterious fog on the building’s front steps, and even the Harding principal got into the act, becoming a “guardian from the dark side” for one afternoon.

Select Moore College graphic design students then took on the sixth graders as new clients, designing final graphics for the posters as part of a competition in December.

A public story telling event on January 23, 2014 with Philadelphia Young Playwrights will cap off the program, where youth writers will be tasked with developing film treatments for the posters. Harding sixth graders will judge the event, choosing the winning story that best captures the spirit of their poster and original script. The posters will be on view in The Galleries’ Philadelphia Gallery from January 21– February 4, 2014.

The project is part of a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in support of community-oriented projects as extensions of classroom programs as part of LTP at Moore, the College’s outreach and professional development program in Philadelphia-area K-12 schools. LTP at Moore has been implemented at Warren G. Harding Middle School since 2011 in grades 6 through 8.


The Galleries at Moore receive generous support from Moore College of Art & Design and the Friends of The Galleries at Moore. The Galleries also receive state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency as well as program support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, the Thomas Skelton-Harrison Foundation, The Hamilton Family Foundation and The Elsie Lee Garthwaite Memorial Foundation.


The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design are located at between 19th and 20th Streets on Race, directly across from Aviator Park on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Access The Galleries from the College’s main entrance lobby.


Monday – Thursday, 11am-5pm

Friday, 11am-8pm

Saturday, 11am-5pm

Closed Sundays and all academic and legal holidays.


All of The Galleries’ exhibitions and public programs are free and open to the public.


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Image Caption: Lineda Jean-Louis as "Gina", 6th grade student, Warren G. Harding Middle School, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Greg Lewis, courtesy William Cole Photography.


Published on December 16th, 2013