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PAL Project

Photography and Literacy Project (PAL Project) is an innovative program positioned under Syracuse University's Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC), that brings SU students into Syracuse City Schools to develop projects involving photography, video, audio recording and writing. The objective is to improve student’s writing and reading skills by linking these studies with photography, video and poetry. Using “Visual Thinking Strategies,” PAL Project also improves student’s critical thinking and media literacy skills. PAL Project provides students with an opportunity for expression through both a visual and narrative connection by linking the forms of digital media and writing. In connecting image making with writing and critical thinking, PAL Project promotes an expansive use of digital media and creative writing across curricula and disciplines. PAL Project truly defines the meaning of Scholarship in Action. It exemplifies collaboration among university departments including Light Work, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Education, and the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers. Through PAL these University departments in turn collaborate with the Syracuse City School District to work with teachers and students on a sustained basis to teach them 21st century life skills.

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PAL Project Helping SCSD Students

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“I don’t want to be ignorant/ I want to be a scholar/ I am from education.”

Thanks to a partnership with Syracuse University, SCSD students at Ed Smith, ITC and Fowler are learning about poetry, photography and art through the Photography and Literacy (PAL) Project.

This year, Ed Smith sixth graders focused their work around the theme “This is where I’m from.” They started by completing writing prompts describing their room, then branched out to their home, their neighborhood and their community. Stories varied from the serious to the humorous and beyond.

“I wrote about where I’m from and what I go through in my everyday life,” Kye Sinclair explained. “I wrote about bobby pins because my sisters are always doing their hair!”

Over a 10-week period, students work with journals and digital cameras to learn storytelling techniques and media skills, learning about themselves in the process. At the end of the program, students select their favorite written piece and photograph to combine into one final image, which is framed and displayed at a reception at the Link Gallery at the Warehouse.

“Having my art on display makes me feel like there was a purpose to my project,” Jabari Diggs explained. “With the PAL Project, we got to know SU students and we saw the similarities and differences between all of us. It was fun to experiment with taking pictures and to find one that brought out the character of where I’m from.”

Students even studied the work of the late street photographer Helen Levitt, whose work is being celebrated in an exhibition at The Everson Museum of Art through May. In response to Levitt’s photographs, four students had their photos submitted to be on display alongside the exhibition.

Ed Smith Art Teacher Mary Lynn Mahan said the PAL Project has been a great way for students to discover more about themselves and each other.

“The best person to tell your story is you,” she explained. “The PAL Project allows students to tell their own story. Sometimes, it’s so raw that they have trouble at first. But the more you work with them, the more authentic that story becomes.”

For students, the opportunity to work with college students who taught them about cameras, editing software and other technology was an exciting experience.

“This was a really cool project,” Martine Dosa said. “In elementary school, we just did drawings and things like that. But for this, the SU students showed us what editing options there were and we learned how to do them. It was great to have their help!”

 

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PAL Project / Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central High School

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The Link Gallery at the Warehouse presents Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with 

Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central High School

Public Reception: Thursday, Feb. 4th, 5:00-6:30pm

Location:  Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette Street

The Frustration of our Generation

SPECIAL THANKS:

Syracuse University

Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central High School

The Fay Solver Fund at The Boston Foundation

Joy of Giving Something, Inc.

The Reisman Foundation

The Gifford Foundation

Connective Corridor

Coalition of Museum and Art Centers

The College of Visual and Performing Arts

SUArt Gallery

Syracuse City School District

Syracuse University Mentors

The Way I See It

Syracuse University’s PAL Project @ Everson Museum of Art

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PAL Project in collaboration with Edward Smith School and South West Community Center is honored to be a part of the

Everson Museum’s new winter exhibitions:

Helen Levitt: In the Street

and their new winter exhibitions

From Paris to Syracuse: Street Photography from the Collections of the Everson and Light Work;

Saya Woolfalk: Chima Cloud;

Majestic Mountain/Shining Sea;

The Way I See It

The Way I See It

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The Way I See” is a selection of photographs by Syracuse City School students in response to the “street photography” of Helen Levitt and other contemporary photographers. Working in collaboration with Syracuse University’s Photography and Literacy Project (PAL Project), students from Edward Smith School, South West Community Center and Institute of Technology at Central were given cameras for an eight-week period and asked to document their world. Meeting with the SU mentors’ weekly, students would view and discuss the work of Levitt and contemporary photographers, edit their photographs and discuss some of the elements of picture making, such as: focus, framing, time, composition, and point of view. More importantly, the students were made aware that the camera can be a tool to tell a story and give a voice—a voice that deserves to be heard.

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PAL Project collaboration with Edward Smith School

The Link Gallery at the Warehouse

presents

Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with Edward Smith School

Public Reception: Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 5:00-6:30pm

November 3rd–December 14th

Location:  Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette Street

This Is Where I’m From

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SPECIAL THANKS:

Syracuse University

The Fay Solver Fund at The Boston Foundation

Joy of Giving Something, Inc.

The Reisman Foundation

The Gifford Foundation

Connective Corridor

Coalition of Museum and Art Centers

The College of Visual and Performing Arts

SUArt Gallery

Syracuse City School District

Edward Smith School

Syracuse University Mentors