Check out this awesome article by Emily Lindstrand published November 29 in the Estacada News!

Students use photography for identity exploration

Todos Juntos and Arts Alliance collaborate for student art program at middle school

Students at Estacada Middle School have been learning about photography as a means of creative expression, and the products of their exploration will soon be available for community members to view.

Work from the middle school students will hang at Estacada City Hall through Wednesday, Jan. 10. There will be a reception with the student photographers from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.

The program is a result of collaboration between the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Todos Juntos and visiting artist Leigh Rooney. Students were surveyed about which art medium they wanted to work with, and they selected photography. They were supplied with digital cameras and encouraged to take photos that explored their identities.

“We asked them to identify three strengths (in their identities) and had them replicate that through visual storytelling,” said Lisa Smith, a program coordinator for Youth Arts for Change at the Clackamas County Arts Alliance.

She added that she believes identity is a valuable topic to explore during the middle school years.

“Middle school is an amazing, scary, crazy time,” she said. “They’re still kids, but they’re kind of teenagers. (It’s helpful to) ask ‘Who am I?’ at that age?”

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