Hillside Arts & Letters Academy, Nolasco/PrincipalBethany Trust/Visual Arts Teacher
I am proud to be part of the DiverCity Lens learning community. I hoped that participating in this project helps to put my small school on the map. Thanks to the Office of Arts and Special Projects for acknowledging the work I do and inviting me to be a part of this creative and supportive group of educators. Thanks to Zion Ozeri, founder of DiverCity Lens, for the inspiration and thoughtful curriculum. The program has pushed my own creative boundaries, as well as engaged a whole new set of students at my school. Last fall when I voted for Sanctuary as the theme for the project, I never thought it would mean as much as it does now, living in the age of COVID-19. This “plot twist” to our theme has all of us reconsidering our own safe spaces.
Scholars’ Academy, Michele Smyth/Principal I.A. Kelly Trpic-Rukavina/Art Teacher
The DiverCity Lens program has given my students a different perspective and understanding of themselves, their community and the world around them, while at the same time exposing them to the medium of photography. The curriculum provides enriching assignments. Students become empowered through the camera and it gives them a platform to express their thoughts and ideas. My students love the DiverCity Lens program and it has become an integral part of my photography curriculum.
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School, Moses Ojeda/Principal Evelyn Loveras/Art Teacher
This year’s theme Sanctuary has been one of our favorite themes, because it has allowed our students to interpret what sanctuaries mean to them personally. It was amazing to see the theme come alive through photography. Students chose a reading nook, a bedroom, a kitchen or religious area as a safe space to spend time and calm the mind.