Join us for the opening of our spring Zoom in on Culture Project Photo Exhibition:
East Meets West
Photo Exhibit • Artists’ Reception
featuring the work of students from East, Hoover, Lincoln and Valley High Schools
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Grand View University Student Center
2811 E. 14th Street; Des Moines, IA 50316
1:30 PM – Doors Open
1:45 PM: Interactive Session for Student Artists (Classroom)
2:30 PM: Formal Program (Viking Theatre)
The event is free and open to the public.
We are grateful to to Bankers Trust for helping to sponsor this project!
For the past six weeks, students from four Des Moines area high schools – East, Hoover, Lincoln, and Valley – have been exploring the concept of culture – and what that means to them – through the art of photography.
Come meet these students, see what they have discovered, and celebrate their achievements at the opening of their photo exhibition. The exhibition is slated to remain at Grandview until April ??, and will transfer to additional locations throughout the summer.
Photographer Ryan Morrison has been working with the students in this year’s project. Ryan is a Des Moines based photographer and videographer with over ten years of experience. He finds value in learning from and helping others while creating meaningful art that allows him to be mindful and present in the moment. We asked him why he decided to become involved in the Zoom in on Culture program.
“Photography is not based as much on what camera you use anymore,” said Ryan. “We all have incredibly powerful cameras in our pockets already. This generation also uses photography as a language in itself through different applications like Snapchat and Instagram in their everyday lives. The question for them is no longer a “how to” with photography; it needs to revolve around a “why to” and that is what I love to teach about.”
“This project has been amazing to see photography used as an outlet for expression to help process what is going on in their lives. The stories they tell are incredible and there are so many barriers broken down with simple images taken from the heart.”
Educators often say that you learn from your students as you are teaching, and Ryan has found that to be true with this project. “High school is and was difficult for so many of us. It is hard to express (especially with words) what you are going through as you are figuring out who you are and your place in the world. This project has been amazing to see photography used as an outlet for expression to help process what is going on in their lives. The stories they tell are incredible and there are so many barriers broken down with simple images taken from the heart. “
Zoom in on Culture is an ongoing program. The spring project is sponsored in part by Bankers Trust, but CultureALL needs help to ensure that the project can continue and expand to serve other schools and students. You can support Zoom in on Culture by making a donation on our secure donation page at Network for Good.
Click here to read last month’s article about this program
Connect with photographer Ryan Morrison at RyanMorrisonPhoto.com