June 6–August 9, 2013

A social justice photography exhibition featuring the work of 14 students ages 14-18 from JustArts: Photography, an after-school digital photography workshop for teens from The Red Hook Community Justice Center (RHCJC) offered in partnership with Brooklyn Arts Council and our Arts in Education program. 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, June 6, 6 – 8pm

Students in 14 Shades of Justice participated in the spring 2013 JustArts: Photography program, meeting once a week, for 18 weeks in workshops that provided them with in-depth, hands-on training in shooting, editing, camera use and visual literacy. The students’ knowledge of the professional photography world was expanded through exposure to various artists, gallery visits and artist talks.

Connecting art and photography as a means of communication and an exchange of ideas is at the core of 14 Shares of Justice. Participants found the power they have to tell stories, personal or representational, and learned to articulate their thoughts on what social justice photography looks like. This theme was examined during the course of the program, led by BAC teaching artist Brenna McLaughlin, through students’ work and ideas, teachings from professional photographers as well as lessons exploring historic photographs and photo essays.

Participating Students

Stephanie Cuate
Tyzhanae Gumbs
Danny Guzman
Levelle Johnson
Tyrik Jones
Brandon Lopez
Francette Murray
Yusef Nelson
Nicole Racine
Alexis Robinson
Janay Rolland
Bria Taylor
Eugenio Vasquez
Halley Vidal 

About BAC Teaching Artist Brenna McLaughlin

Brenna McLaughlin is a photographer and educator who believes the camera is an important pedagogical instrument.   Her work has been published in New City Magazine and The Chicago Tribune.  In addition to exhibiting widely in Chicago and New York, Ms. McLaughlin has provided imagery for several non-profits including the Brooklyn Food Coalition and the South African Development Fund. Ms. McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College and a Master of Liberal Arts from The University of Pennsylvania.  

About JustArts Programming and Positive Youth Justice Initiative

The JustArts: Photography program is part of the Red Hook Community Justice Center's JustArts Programing and Positive Youth Justice Initiative, which reframe the conversation about juvenile delinquency. Instead of pathologizing and criminalizing our teens for adolescent behavior, the Red Hook Community Justice Center works to serve all young people within a positive development framework, drawing on their strengths and contributions to their communities.  Proceeding from a strengths-based approach, the Positive Youth Justice Initiative provides services in four areas—opportunities, educational advocacy, clinical assessments and referrals, and family engagement—to youth on the entire spectrum of court involvement, from prevention to intervention.  They provide internship and employment opportunities and connect youth with creative outlets through JustArts programs, which include the photography program as well as drawing and mural projects. Support for the Just Arts: Photography program comes from The Robin Hood Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

About the Red Hook Community Justice Center 

The Red Hook Community Justice Center, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation, is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court, hearing criminal, housing and family matters under one roof with a single judge. The Justice Center’s mission is to solve community problems: strengthening families, assisting at-risk youth, preventing evictions, addressing crime when it occurs and working to prevent crime before it takes place. Criminal offenders are sentenced to community restitution and linked to a full range of on-site and community-based social services, including drug treatment, mental health services, family mediation, GED, and domestic violence intervention.


This program is presented in partnership with The Red Hook Community Justice Center.


BAC Gallery is made possible, in part, by support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc. Additional support for BAC programs is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

BAC Arts in Education programs are made possible, in part, by public and private funds from The New York Community Trust; TD Charitable Foundation; CME Group Community Foundation; MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program, funded by MetLife Foundation and administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education; Smart Family Foundation; Concord Baptist Christfund; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Inc.; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; New York City Department for the Aging; New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.