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Everson Museum ‘Seen and Heard PAL Project’ features Syracuse city schools student work

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The Photography and Literacy Project is an innovative program positioned under Syracuse University’s Coalition of Museums 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 students’ writing and reading skills by linking these studies with photography, video, and poetry.

“If I can make one kid or any number of them feel they’re capable, intelligent, creative, and have something substantial to add to the conversation in class, then that’s rewarding to me,” says Stephen Mahan, Director of SU’s Photography and Literacy Project.

This exhibition features work by children selected from five groups that the PAL Project worked with over a nine week period: Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, middle and high school students; North Side Leaning Center, middle and high school students; Edward Smith School, self-contained classroom, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students; Edward Smith School, 5th grade students; and Say Yes to Education.

Seen and Heard PAL Project is on view through August 6, 2017. The main Summer exhibition, Seen and Heard is on view through August 27, 2017.

All students with featured work received a FREE Household Membership to the Everson Museum of Art for a year.

Abdi Farah, North Side Learning Center, Middle School
Adrianna Slaughter, Edward Smith School, 6th Grade
Alycea Procks, Edward Smith School, 7th grade
Aniah Grant, Edward Smith School, 7th Grade
Ayan Dafe, North Side Learning Center, Middle School
Azaiana Alexander, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, High School
Cayden Mills, Edward Smith School, 7th grade
Chol Belkoe, On Campus Program, High School
Chris Springer, Edward Smith School, 5th grade
Clintwan Hill, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Derek Liepke, Edward Smith School, 6th grade
Dontae Smith, Edward Smith School, 7th grade
Doreyanna O,Neal, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Eli Valdez, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Ishmahan Mohamed, North Side Learning Center, High School
Istarlin Dafe, North Side Learning Center, High School
Jaliqua, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, High School
Jaylin Riley, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Jennie Freeman, Edward Smith School, 7th grade
Jordan Krzywoa, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Katya Greene, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, High School
Kyley Steeprock, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, High School
Liban, North Side Learning Center, Middle School
Mariah Dawson, Edward Smith School, 7th grade
Markabo Mayan, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Markell Weathers, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Masai White, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School
Naralin, North Side Learning Center, High School
Nasdja Wilson, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, High School
Raigan Lapp, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, High School
Rickey Kirby, Edward Smith School, 6th grade
Romell, On Campus Program, High School
Rose Tantine, North Side Learning Center, Middle School
Solange Tantine, North Side Learning Center, Middle School
Suleiman, North Side Learning Center, High School
Tim Jackson, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection, Middle School


Thanks to Joy of Giving Something Inc.

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We wish to extend sincere gratitude and thanks to Joy of Giving Something Inc. for their continued support.

Joy of Giving Something Arts Education Initiatives

The ability to understand and interpret images is an essential skill for basic communication and comprehension. Access to visual arts learning should be a fundamental part of every child’s education, yet funding for the arts remains woefully inadequate in schools nationwide. Joy of Giving Something is committed to the ideal of universal access to visual literacy and arts education.

Our grantmaking is comprised of three initiatives: scholarships, expansion grants, and support for afterschool programming.

Since 2009, we have awarded more than fifty scholarships to students pursuing a post-secondary education in visual arts. Scholarships are made through partner organizations such as Appalshop, Imagining America, International Center of Photography, Perpich Center for Arts Education, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

As a means of supporting and expanding high-quality visual arts learning, grants for the purchase of photographic equipment and software are made to select educational institutions. Recipients have included the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife (Bronx); Community Darkroom (Rochester); PAL Program (Syracuse); Lower Manhattan Community School (NYC); Mark Twain School IS239 (Brooklyn); Van Siclen Community Middle School (Brooklyn); and Boys Club of New York.


PAL Project at the Everson Museum

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https://www.everson.org/explore/current-exhibitions


A New Life, A New Chapter

The Link Gallery at the Warehouse

presents

Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with 

North Side Learning Center 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 7th, 6:00-7:00 pm

Location:  Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette Street

A New Life, A New Chapter

Istarlin Invitation (1).jpgSPECIAL THANKS: Syracuse University, North Side Learning Center, Central New York Community Foundation, The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, Inc. The Reisman Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, Coalition of Museum and Art Centers. The College of Visual and Performing Arts, SUArt Gallery, Syracuse University Mentors

 


I Dream Because Dreams Come True

The Link Gallery at the Warehouse

presents

Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with 

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection 

Closing Reception: Thursday, June 1st, 3:00-4:00 pm

Location:  Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette Street

I Dream Because Dreams Come True

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SPECIAL THANKS:

Syracuse University

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection

Central New York Community Foundation

The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation

Joy of Giving Something, Inc.

The Reisman Foundation

The Gifford Foundation

Coalition of Museum and Art Centers

The College of Visual and Performing Arts

SUArt Gallery

Syracuse University Mentors


I Am Smarter Than They Say

The Link Gallery at the Warehouse

presents

Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with 

Edward Smith School

Closing Reception: Thursday, May 18th, 5:00-6:00 pm

Location:  Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette Street

I Am Smarter Than They Say

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SPECIAL THANKS: Syracuse University, Edward Smith School, Central New York Community Foundation, The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, Inc. The Reisman Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, Coalition of Museum and Art Centers. The College of Visual and Performing Arts, SUArt Gallery, Syracuse University Mentors

 


Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Link Gallery Reception-PAL Project/North Side Learning Center

The Link Gallery at the Warehouse

presents

Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with 

North Side Learning Center

Closing Reception: Monday, April 3rd, 5:30-6:30 PM

March 3rd – April 7th

Location:  Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette Street

Can You See Me?

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SPECIAL THANKS: Syracuse University, North Side Learning Center, Central New York Community Foundation, The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, Inc. The Reisman Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, Coalition of Museum and Art Centers. The College of Visual and Performing Arts, SUArt Gallery, Syracuse University Mentors


I am from a family who takes care of me…

The Link Gallery at the Warehouse

presents

Syracuse University’s

PAL Project collaboration with 

Edward Smith School

Public Reception: Thursday, February 9th, 5:30-6:30pm

Location:  Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 West Fayette Street

I am from a family who takes care of me…

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SPECIAL THANKS: Syracuse University, Edward Smith School, Central New York Community Foundation, The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, Inc. The Reisman Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, Coalition of Museum and Art Centers. The College of Visual and Performing Arts, SUArt Gallery, Mary Lynn Mahan, Syracuse City School District, Syracuse University Mentors


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Using My Power For Good

using my power for good.pngSpecial Thanks:

Syracuse University

Central New York Community Foundation

The Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation

Syracuse City School District

Joy of Giving Something, Inc.

The Reisman Foundation

The Gifford Foundation

Edward Smith School

Coalition of Museum and Art Centers

The College of Visual and Performing Arts

SUArt Gallery


14 young students displayed their artwork at SU Link Gallery

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The Link Gallery at Syracuse University’s Warehouse recently displayed the artistic work and creativity of 14 young people who had been enrolled in a summer program at the Southwest Community Center. Equipped with cameras, armed with Photoshop techniques and determined to write about their experiences, the adolescents had worked with Syracuse University faculty to create their art.

“This program teaches them to be creative at a young age,” said Halston Canty, who works with young people at the center. The work, he added, also helps them “just tap into skills they might not have believed that they had, which is very important. If they can sit here and put this stuff together, they can think about the life skills they are going to need: ‘I can start driving,’ ‘I can read this book,’ ‘I can go to college,’ ‘I can do anything.’”

Anthony Kirkman describes his piece, inspired by an exercise: “I seem to be, but I really am ...”

Anthony Kirkman describes his piece, inspired by an exercise: “I seem to be, but I really am …”

Work shown at the gallery event in September included self-portraits, poems and graffiti images. Eight-year-old Anthony Kirkman created a piece so vivid that the gallery used it as advertising for the event. Anthony said he had to stop and do a double take when he picked up the flier for the first time.

This summer’s Journey to Manhood Program at the Southwest Community Center ended with the art exhibi- tion “Just Never Give Up” at The Link Gallery and centered on young men from an economically disadvantaged community.

In an exercise — “I seem to be, but I really am” — students picked generalizations or stereotypes people have associated with them. Then, on the final line, they said who they really are, who they see themselves to be and what their interests are in life.

“I duplicated myself three times, plus my writing,” Anthony said. “It’s about what I seem to be and what I really am. I seem to be mean but really I am nice.” Anthony’s second piece makes a call to his community: “Love me and stop the violence.”

Phil Haddix, co-facilitator of the Photo and Literacy (PAL) Project summer session, talked about the variety of communication options the students can use to express themselves: “The recipe is looking at different ways to engage students to increase literacy,” Haddix said.

Canty, who is also the youth specialist for the Journey to Manhood Program, stressed that the program aims to shape the boys into positive pillars in their communities.

“We work with them, help them with development skills, coping skills,” Canty said. “Allowing them to step outside of their neighborhood, step outside of the box a little bit, see things that are different besides just wanting to be a basketball or football player.”

Nonetheless, the common thread of sports icons seemed to stream through the artwork as inspiration. Juelz Jackson, 11, talked about how his art was influenced by his role model, NBA player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. “I like Steph Curry,” Juelz said. “I think he’d like my art.”

Stephen Mahan, director of photography and literacy projects, taught the program’s class at The Warehouse over the summer. It is similar to classes he teaches at SU. Students of his, many of whom are enrolled in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, work with the school-age youth to enhance their media skills.

“The idea being if you can take a picture of it, then it’s easier to write about it,” Mahan said. “It’s a whole other story-telling device rather than words.”

Mahan found it an easy task to get the kids engaged in the new forms of digital expression. “They’re so digital savvy, the kids,” he said. “You show them once and ten minutes later, they’re showing you a better way to do it.”

Canty agreed: “It’s a little bit of a challenge,” he said. “But if you … speak to them positively, you give them the right advice, and you show them how they can be a leader, how this can change your life, change your neighborhood … sky’s the limit.”

Although the summer class has ended, Mahan continues to work with youth from the community during the academic year, with participation from students in his Literacy, Community and Media classes.

Haddix said there’s no better environment to spark the creative talents of the youth. “A lot of African-Americans who do not see SU as an accessible building for them, we’re bringing them dead center,” he said.— Story and photos by Riley Bunch, Urban Affairs reporter