5th Grade, Filming & Fancy Footwork

 

12764363_10153921652248698_4984137663054203259_o

A few hours each month I find myself transported back to a time warp, where the chairs are smaller, the voices squeaker and the smell much sweatier. The 5th grade has not changed much since I was in during the 1999-2000 school year. Except none of the kids are blasting Nsync, trading Pokemon card or watching As Told By Ginger.

12783571_10153937280828698_7589761860778496392_oThey may have iPads and texting- but never will they be able to bask in perfecting the ultimate AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) Away Message and profile.

Anyway- there is a reason I’m back in the classroom besides nostalgia. I have partnered with Dancing Classrooms Philly to create original video content to showcase the impact their programs has on middle school students.

As a non-profit organization, Dancing Classroom Philly brings dancing lessons into 5th and 8th grade classrooms through in-school residency programs twice a week for a duration of 2 1/2 months. And the students getting more great workout learning dances ranging from the waltz to the rumba. Social interactions including eye contact, emotional intelligence, body contact and teamwork are all part of the program’s educational experiencE. 

12768130_10153917210298698_4055273941892517245_o Through the grant funded by The Philadelphia Foundation, I have been able to capture the spring residencies of the students at four Philadelphia area schools. By creating exciting video projects, my goal is to show how Dancing Classrooms Philly helps build confidence and break down social barriers in our schools and communities- while spreading the word why #ArtEdWorks!

This has been such fun freelance project and really allows me to use a medium of storytelling that I haven’t been using lately. Here is a sneak peak of a bit of the footage I captured during the 1st week of lessons back in February!

 

 

Advertisements

A Snapshot of Hunger

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 9.06.02 AMAs I say quite often, my career in non-profit communications has been an unplanned perfect match to my love of story telling. Although most of my personal writing on here is first person narratives, my career revolves around seeking out people who have been impacted a certain situation, then working to bring out their story to amplify their own voice.

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 9.05.12 AMDuring my time at Philabundance, one of my last projects was work on the organization’s 2014 annual report. In the summer of 2014, I traveled around the region and immersed myself into the heart of Philabundance- their food access programs.

Time was spent roaming the land of Buzby Farms where surplus produces were gleaned then donated to Philabundance. Mornings were spent watching the line of eager community members wrap around a city block waiting for the opportunity to receive free produces.

One particular afternoon was spent as a fly on the wall at a food pantry, where a mob of people of all ages and races clamored for an opportunity to bring home a loaf of bread.  Continue reading

A Night at the Orchestra

My camera has been able to allow me to meet tons of interesting people and witness events that I would never had experienced if I was not taking photos. In January, I had the privilege of taking photos for Musicopia, a non-profit that brings music education into the classrooms of Philadelphia schools. Over the past thirty years, children have been able to be exposed to music despite the cuts in funding for the arts due to drastic school budget cuts over the years. I learned about the organization through my friend Erica, who is the Marketing Manager for Musicopia. I encourage you to learn more about Musicopia and find out how you can keep music in the classroom! 

To raise money for their program, Musicopia held a special fundraising dinner where the internationally renown English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mark Laycock, performed with students taking part in the Musicopia experience. The following night, the English Chamber Orchestra performed again at the Kimmel Center, which I was graciously given a ticket by the Musicopia for my photography. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the fundraising dinner, and of the performance! 

IMG_5541 IMG_5565 IMG_5582 IMG_5633 IMG_5646 IMG_5780 IMG_5790 IMG_5806 IMG_5819

Continue reading