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San Diego Grant Supports Youth Photography Exhibit

Six Logan Heights students from King-Chavez High School and Albert Einstein Middle School showcased photographs of their neighborhood at Space 4 Art in East Village from January 15 – 25.

In addition to beautifying the neighborhood, the goal of the “Focus on Imperial: Youth Perspectives Through Photography and Public Art” project was to encourage youth that live in Greater Logan Heights to express their perspective of their community through various art forms, according to the student’s photography instructor Jessica Sledge.

This project began when Cheryl Nickel (Space 4 Art), Avital Aboody (BAME CDC) and Sledge teamed up to write a San Diego grant around the idea of taking the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) ethos “to the streets”.

Students in the program — which included a three-week course that taught students about photography (the art and science), social issues, urban planning, architecture, community relations, and more — took photographs throughout their community highlighting the unique public spaces and relationships that characterize their lives and experiences.

Image Gallery

View the image gallery below to get a glimpse into the daily lives of these Logan Heights students, capturing everything from public art to workers they encounter. Click each image to enlarge.

This project was supported by The San Diego Foundation Great Neighborhood Challenge and the Synergy Art Foundation.

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