Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos/Principal Casandra Maniotis/Art Teacher
It is an honor to work together with a talented group of educators and photographers through The DiverCity Lens program. Sharing ideas and holding critiques of our students’ work helps me grow into a better teacher and artist. Thank you for this amazing opportunity.
High School of Art and Design, Maximillian Re-Sugiura/Principal Brenna McLaughlin/Art Teacher
The conversations I facilitated with students about “safe spaces” were very relevant and meaningful. Students were able to identify where they felt safe, to think, to create, to work through ideas. The photographs displayed capture their ideas of a safe space. We thank you for viewing.
High School of Fashion Industries, Daryl Blank/Principal Ben Russell/CTE Teacher: Visual Arts
I would like to thank Zion Ozeri, Karen Rosner and all my fellow photography educators for the wonderful work and camaraderie we have shared this year. It’s always great to get together with other teachers to discuss what works and doesn’t work in the photography classroom. Every time I meet with all these great people, I am able to go back to my school and share what I have learned with my students. Thank you once again for inviting us to be part of this year’s catalogue and virtual exhibition.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School, Manuel Ureña/Principal Elisa De Gregorio/Art Teacher
The DiverCity Lens Program is unique because students and teachers across all five boroughs become a community of artists sharing their visions. An image created is shared with our students, teachers, other professionals, and then finally our viewers. We are all a part of this continuum of experience bound by the thread of our interaction with the image. As the reality of our world shifted, these images of sanctuary remind us of the human connection we share with each other across our planet.
Lower Manhattan Community Middle School, Shanna Douglas/Principal Jessica Sinclair/Digital Art Teacher
Photography is one way to give students a voice and showcase their views of the world. These photographs allow us to have a peek inside their world. We view their work through the lens of this year’s theme, Sanctuary. Finding comfort in a place or space especially during these times of uncertainty is more important than ever. Through these photographs my middle school students are able find their visual voice and tell a story about their own sanctuaries.