KIDS Global Network, Inc. partnered with Chute Media Arts throughout the 20/21 school year to bring artists in residence to students on Zoom during virtual learning. Over the past year, all students in Chute Middle School’s 8th grade Media Arts classes have explored themes of social justice and personal identity using Photovoice, a participatory photography method where students use photography to document their lives and share their experiences.
Through this project, students worked each quarter with local photographer Yancey Hughes, Ann Covode of Kids Global Network, Inc., and Chute Media Arts teacher Sherri Kushner to learn about photography, photo editing, and how to use photography to express ideas about social justice issues they are passionate about. Students explored issues such as life during the pandemic, mental health, racism, human rights, immigration, violence, discrimination, climate change, and other issues. Via zoom, students learned how to edit their photos with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. They shared their work and artist statements in virtual galleries through Padlet and participated in Zoom critiques.
The exhibition is on display on the third floor of the main branch of Evanston Public Library from July 1 to August 31.
This project is funded partially by the Evanston Arts Council and the Foundation 65.