UD Organizes Pilot Program at Williamsburg Public School

UnionDocs recently began a short pilot program in arts and education at the Green School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The six-week class, “Introduction to Documentary Photography,” is led by teaching artist, Brenna McLaughlin and history teacher, Kyle Van Nort. The curriculum highlights the work of Gordon Parks and uses his and other photographs in the context of US History. The first half of the class teaches students to read photographs that address historical inequalities. The second asks students to document a story of their choosing, involving current inequalities that they have observed in the New York area. As part of the class, student will also visit the International Center of Photography. At the conclusion of the class, some of the work will be highlighted on our website, so check back soon.

This project was made possible by a grant from BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn and the Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant Program through their Local Capacity Building (LCB) Regrant Program for Arts in Education, funded by the Arts in Education Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency (NYSCA).

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Teaching Artist Brenna McLaughlin with photography students Grace and Darlin at the Green School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Classroom at The Green School; Student work is showcased in the background. Students were asked to edit a group of photographs into 3-4 images (print outs) and make a photo-essay laid out on large white paper with narrative information included as captions.