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.
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.
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.