Dear friends of the Photo Center,
We hope that you take a moment in the next month to nominate the Photo Center NW for the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards. We feel strongly about our candidacy and need your support in making it come true. The award relies entirely in nominations so we hope you take a moment to support us and shed light on the amazing work our community creates within our walls.
To help you out, here are some of the things we have been up to:
– The Photo Center is thriving today more than it ever has in it’s history, strengthening the community by elevating the art and appreciation of photography. It counts with a strong and committed board of directors, an A-list staff and the organization is growing at a very healthy pace.
– Our community and youth outreach programs directly impact individuals in our “backyard,” using photography as a tool for learning, healing, and creative self expression. We actively work with refugee and at-risk youth, homeless teens, cancer patients, senior citizens and Native American populations to explore their identity and tell their story through photography.
– In the past year, with your support, we have built a state-of-the-art digital media lab, which places us as one of the leading resources for photographic technology and education in the region. A brand new daylight studio is due to open this later year.
– Our gallery continues to be a community and national showcase for photography, bringing thought-provoking works of art and community programming including exhibitions that address issues such as gender and sexuality, natural disasters, historical processes, emerging talent, and even rock ‘n roll! In the past year alone the gallery has brought in Henry Horenstein, Richard Renaldi, Wyatt Gallery, Karen Irvine, Jini Dellaccio, William Hunt, Darius Himes, Dave Anderson, Todd Hido and more!
– We are serious about educating the next generation of Seattle artists. In the past year our curriculum and Certificate Program have undergone a remarkable transformation, placing us as a leader for photographic education in the region. You may notice that we now offer an array of advanced and conceptual courses that push students into a new way of thinking about photography. You may now take classes that explore the “thingness” of the world, or learn how to build constructed narratives, or assemble an advanced portfolio, or engage in a monthly critical theory discussion group.
Please consider voting for the Photo Center for this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards, the more awareness we can bring to our programming the bigger impact we can continue to make on our community! Voting is easy and simple, just go here to nominate the Photo Center NW.
From the Photo Center staff, board, faculty and volunteers, THANK YOU!