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Photo-Ethnography: Zoom In On Culture

Inside The World Around Us

Our Photo-Ethnography program has a brand new name:  Zoom In On Culture!

During the 2015-2016 school year, CultureALL worked with students in sociology classes at East, North, and Lincoln High Schools in Des Moines. Each semester, we sent CultureALL Ambassadors into the classroom to talk with students about culture.  Professional photographers guided them in learning to express themselves and their own cultures through photography.

At the end of each semester, the students were asked to submit a single photograph, along with a brief statement about
 what culture means to them.  These photos and essays were curated into an exhibition entitled Inside The World Around Us.

spring exhibition photos
Student Photos from the Spring Exhibition

This year’s project was funded in part by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council – a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional sponsorship support was provided by Banker’s Trust, Grinnell College, and Des Moines Public Schools.

Inside The World Around Us: The Exhibitions

Both the fall and spring exhibitions premiered at Grand View University. It included a special reception for the student artists, their families and friends, and community members.   Photos from the Fall exhibition were also featured in the  exhibit Race: Are We So Different? at the Science Center of Iowa.  The spring exhibition showed in June at the Grinnell College summeriest.   It is now on display through August 10 at  Heartland Area Education Agency6500 Corporate Drive, 
Johnston, IA 50131.

At the end of this year’s project, we gathered together some marketing gurus and stakeholders from the community. They helped us develop a more catchy title for the Photo-Ethnography program – Zoom in On Culture – and a special hashtag for social media: #CultureALLZoom

Spring Exhibition Opening
Opening reception for the Spring Exhibition at Grand View University (photo by Kristy G. Knapp)

Photos & Videos: Photo-Ethnography

You can find complete albums of both the fall and spring exhibitions on our Facebook Page.  (Don’t forget to “Like” us when you visit!)  All photos include their corresponding student essays.

For additional information about the Zoom In On Culture program, including its history and past projects, click here.

What’s Next for Zoom In On Culture?

In the future, we hope to allow many more communities to express their cultures through Zoom In On Culture.  If you are interested in bringing the program to your school or community group, please contact us!

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