FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Laura Rosenbaum [email protected] 310.729.0278
Contact: Chris LeGagnoux [email protected] 310.487.3341
HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL SANTA MONICA will Host a Celebratory Photo Exhibition and Reception featuring Kids With Cameras
SANTA MONICA, CA, August 22, 2014 – The photos of HRC-Santa Monica’s Kids With Cameras will be featured in a photo exhibit on Wednesday, August 27 at Bergamot Station, G Building Courtyard, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica. In addition to the photo exhibition, there is a free and open reception for students and their families and members of the community beginning at 6 pm.
Kids With Cameras, a program of the Human Relations Council Santa Monica, is a 6-week workshop in photojournalism offered to Santa Monica middle school students through collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica, the Police Activities League (PAL), and Santa Monica Family YMCA. It is designed to encourage students to build both skills and to understand the inter-connections of all members of the community.
Supported by local photographers and other volunteers, the students took photos of life in Santa Monica through a Parks and Recreation lens, in search of ways to demonstrate how a community moves beyond intolerance towards tolerance, and in this way, creates understanding and acceptance of and respect for all people. The students visited six Santa Monica landmarks: the Fire Training Center, Palisades Park, the Santa Monica Airport, Tongva Park, Woodlawn Cemetery and the Santa Monica Pier. The culmination event is an opportunity for them to share the results of their work with the community.
Photographer-mentors included program director Fabian Lewkowicz, and photographers Charles Haskell, David Hurwitz and Nick Steers who volunteered their talents and time. Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson chaired the Kids With Cameras program along with volunteer co-chairs Chris LeGagnoux and Laura Rosenbaum. The Committee included representatives from the three youth service organizations and several members of the community who helped with logistics.
For further information about the Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area and its programs, visit www.hrcsantamonica.org.