$10,000 will help change the image of Philly’s public schools.
You’ve heard the story: despite the determined efforts of parents, educators and advocates, Philadelphia’s public schools are still under financial siege.
Yet, as an inquiry-driven, project-based high school, Science Leadership Academy believes the study and practice of the arts are a fundamental and necessary component of any successful education -- not a luxury or an expendable line item on a budget. This is true for EVERY student, at EVERY school.
Thus, in the midst of a year of extraordinary financial constraints and endless obstacles, our teachers borrowed, appropriated and repaired enough photography equipment to offer SLA students the first full-year photography program our school has ever had.
The results, posted here in videos and slideshows, have been spectacular. Working five to a camera, 75 students discovered a new passion and a powerful desire to learn more.
But a passionate teacher, enthusiastic students, and a handful of cameras simply isn't enough to sustain a viable photography program.
We need a lab! We need equipment! We need YOUR support!
To be specific, our student artists cannot currently print their photos because we have no equipment and cannot afford outside printing. Plus, working 5 to a camera is surely not ideal.
$10,000 will equip a basic, functional lab.
By a functional lab we mean up-to-date, working cameras, supports, lights, printers, paper, ink and software to be used in a dedicated space in our school. (In our dreams, we will someday have a space to build out a proper darkroom too, in order to teach traditional printing and give young artists a complete grounding in photographic process and technique.)
We have estimated that $10,000 will cover equipment and exhaustible supplies for the coming year.
Our goal of mid-August will make the fall program possible.
Help us to sustain this remarkably successful program for the academic year 2014/15. Our students have fallen in love with the medium. Your contribution will help them grow as artists, individuals and citizens.
Thank you for taking our kids’ art education and their art-making to heart. What you get back will delight your eyes!
"HANGING BY A SHOESTRING"- FIRST FRIDAY PHOTO EXHIBITION 6/6/14
Our amazing sponsors recently helped us pull off our first public exhibition, profiled as a "Top 5 Must See" by Paperclips215, a prominent online resource for Philadelphia's "First Friday" art gallery crawls.
More big news: fall 2014
Already, we’ve attracted nationally known photographers as judges and mentors. Now, our students have been offered their first official gallery show, this fall at Metropolitan Gallery 250 . But to take advantage of this opportunity, we need to be able to print their photos!
Here's a SLIDESHARE of the work that graced the walls (and windows)
of The Neighborhood House on June 6, 2014.