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The Photo Center is proud to be in its eighth year hosting Club Photo through a partnership with the Seattle World School (formerly known as SBOC), a school for immigrant and refugee youth from around the world. This after school photography program is led by teaching artist Carina del Rosario, and is partially supported by a Youth Arts grant from the City Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Club Photo combines the teaching of photography as an art form with a focus on literacy and language acquisition. The program serves immigrant and refugee youth who learn English as part of a general curriculum while acclimating to the American school system and daily life in a new culture. Students employ the visual language of photography as a means for connecting to one another and to foster creative self-expression. The program has helped to build the self-confidence of its participants, which further supports their transition into middle and high schools or to community college.
Club Photo students are immigrant and refugee youth with little to no experience working with photography. 95% of SBOC students live below the poverty level and are students of color. Since 2006, Club Photo has served students from Somalia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Eritrea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Nepal, Benin, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Congo, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Yemen, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Club Photo is also supported by an amazing team of volunteers, if you are interested in volunteering for Club Photo contact Terry Novak, Outreach Associate.
Club Photo is made possible through a Youth Arts Grant from the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and BECU. Additional thanks to Panda Lab.