Thank you Community Services Foundation for your generous support.
Ten middle school students from a local public housing community spent their summer vacation learning about teamwork, nature and art with environmental photographer Joanne Miller. Together, Miller and the children photographed farms, wild rivers, and butterfly gardens. Each child made dozens of beautiful photographs.
"Many of our youth were just introduced to art and found that they could create masterpieces. We want to help them to identify their talents and determine what career they want to pursue. PhotoKids gave them the opportunity to learn a new skill and share their gift. Thank you AHCMC and the Montgomery County Employee Giving Campaign for supporting PhotoKids" - Angela Bowen, President & CEO, Community Services Foundation
Community Partnerships Support Students: Focus on Photography and Nature
Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) announces the opening of a display of nature photographs and collages on Saturday, June 9 at an opening reception between 1:30 and 2:30 PM. The works exhibited were created by students at Gaithersburg Elementary School during photography and nature programs led by teaching artist Joanne Miller. Washingtonian Center, owned and managed by The Peterson Companies, is graciously hosting the exhibition in one of their retail window display areas.
“Photography is one of the best ways to introduce children to nature,” says environmental photographer Joanne Miller. “Many of the students at Gaithersburg Elementary School had very little experience in nature, so this was a new and wonderful experience for them, an experience that taught them observational skills while meeting science curriculum objectives.” In collaboration with the fourth grade teachers, Ms. Miller led an in-school arts integration residency supported by a grant from AHCMC. In this program, students went on a photographic journey that integrated art, science and technology. Ms. Miller provided 30 digital cameras to the students who photographed the nature on school property and model ecosystems comprised of mammals, insects, plants and water elements to reinforce principles of the science and art curriculum and to develop an understanding of relationships in an ecosystem. Art teachers Susan Knutson and Patricia Kennedy collaborated in guiding students to communicate their personal vision though photographic collage. Learned art and computer skills offered an opportunity for creative expression with first-hand exposure to the world of nature.
In addition to the in-school program, Ms. Miller also led a nine-week after school photography and nature program managed by Identity, a Gaithersburg-based agency providing programs for Latino youth and families in Montgomery County. Supported by a partial grant from the City of Gaithersburg and contributions from private donors and partnering with school staff and Linkages to Learning, students explored the visual language of art and photography outdoors on school grounds, in the wildlife habitat of Asbury Methodist Village and at a local farm. Emphasis was placed on the value of personal creative vision, positive self esteem and respect for the natural environment. Students created a final photographic hand-made book and exhibition prints.
For this exhibition, Miller and her partners secured space at Washingtonian Center with the help of the Peterson Companies and GreenKids at the Audubon Naturalist Society. “GreenKids is thrilled to co-present ECO Art from the students at Gaithersburg Elementary School and artist-in-residence Joanne Miller at Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg,” says GreenKids spokesperson Katrina E. Kugel.
“We are thrilled to provide talented and knowledgeable teaching artists like Joanne Miller to area schools for arts integrated residencies,” says Suzan Jenkins, AHCMC’s CEO.
After School Photography in Nature
"Ms. Miller's program successfully brought awareness of human impact on the environment to my students. They were able to visually communicate relationships in nature and influence their surroundings." "Trish Kennedy MCPS Art Teacher
In collaboration with the fourth grade teachers, Joanne led an in-school arts integration residency supported by a grant from AHCMC. In this program, students went on a photographic journey that integrated art, science and technology. Ms. Miller provided 30 digital cameras to the students who photographed the nature on school property and model ecosystems comprised of mammals, insects, plants and water elements to reinforce principles of the science and art curriculum and to develop an understanding of relationships in an ecosystem. Art teachers Susan Knutson and Patricia Kennedy collaborated in guiding students to communicate their personal vision though photographic collage. Learned art and computer skills offered an opportunity for creative expression with first-hand exposure to the world of nature.
Photography, Art and the Ecosystem 4th Grade Arts Integrated Residency
"This fantastic program developed students creative and critical thinking skills."
Elizabeth Leighton, MCPS Art Teacher
"My favorite part of my ecosystem project was model ecosystems because I could see a whole new world. The most interesting part was being able to see the world from a different angle because it was fascinating to see this. And I learned so many things like how to compose a photo." Yenny Giron, 4th grade
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY: ARTS INTEGRATION RESIDENCY
Art teacher Sarah Joyce-McCarron and teaching artist Joanne Miller present results from their collaborative workshops for elementary-aged students. Their integrated photography and nature residencies offer students a unique hands-on experience that emphasizes the integration of art, science and technology.
Friday, October 21, 2011 2:00-3:00pm
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and Wiley H. Bates Middle School, Annapolis, MD
Family Photography Workshop and Harvest Celebration in the Emory Grove Community Garden from Gaithersburg's Neighborhood Opportunity Network...
Day 1: Saturday, September 17: Family Photography Workshop with artist Joanne Miller
Photography in the garden, each participant received a CD of photographs and one print to exhibit at Sunday's Harvest Celebration.
Day 2: Sunday, September 18: Harvest Celebration - community potluck. Photography exhibit will be on display in the pavilion.
"Family Photography Workshop and Harvest Celebration in the Emory Grove
Community Garden" was supported by Family Services, Inc. and a grant from
the Maryland State Arts Council.
Fourth Grade Students at Oak View Elementary participate in "Photography and the Ecosystem" arts integrated residency with Artist, Photographer Joanne Miller, Art Teacher Sarah Joyce-McCarron and Computer Specialist Nadia Silva. A 6' x 8' permanent installation of student photographs highlights their creative talents.
For the Chaplains of Georgetown University Hospital, this Arts and Healing Project was an invitation to take a break from their busy day and photograph moments of beauty and reflection on the hospital campus. Curiosity begins as a place of departure. The journey is as individual as each of us. The process can be transformative and healing as creative expression evolves.
This experience held surprise for the chaplains as they saw their surroundings in a new light. When asked to create a lasting image, taking time to photograph provided the opportunity to explore, feel emotion and wonder, reflect and offer inspiration by looking at the familiar in a new way. Their photographs and reflections share a paused moment. Photographs are on exhibit in the Atrium Gallery in the Lombardi Center.
I have dreamed many dreams that never came true, I have seen them all fade away at dawn. But I have realized enough of my dreams and thanking God, to make me want to dream on. I have prayed many prayers, but no answers came, though I waited so patiently and long. But enough answers came to many of my prayers to keep me on my knees. I have trusted a few friends who failed, and left me to cry alone, But I have found a friend to be true, that makes me keep trusting on. I have scattered many seeds that fell by the way for the birds to feast upon, but I still have many precious seeds in my hands To make me keep sowing. I have drank the cup of disappointment and pain, and gone many days without a thought or song, but I have sipped enough of the sweet nectar from the rose of life, to make me want to live on.
"Leap of Faith"
Taking a Leap of Faith requires trust in the Universe, and trust in yourself!
Taking a courageous leap of faith can lead to the best adventures of your life.
Reject fear, embraces exhilaration!
Know that you will be guided by your instincts and energy from the Universe.
When you take that leap of faith, your heart and mind become clear and you body becomes healthy.
Nothing will stand in your way. Your path is wide open, your journey is filled with love.
Your world becomes fresh and exciting. While ignoring others negative energy and embracing only the positive!
This enables you to find your heart's desire as you enjoy each leap toward your destiny.
Seek what you desire, learn from each step and leap with love and trust in yourself.
Watkins Mill High School students participate in "Photography, Land Use and Community",
a pilot program with artist /photographer Joanne Miller.
Select photographs are included in "Between Fences" an exhibit located in the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, March 11 - May 1, 2011
"Between Fences", a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition that explores the multiple meanings of fences in American culture. "Good Neighbors", an exhibit that looks at fences, yards, lawns, parks and land use in Montgomery County, created by the Montgomery County Historical Society. Made possible in Maryland by the Maryland Humanities Council.
On November 2, 2010, ten young residents of a Gaithersburg community, sponsored by the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), traveled to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. They provided feedback for a photography application in development, installed on "One Laptop Per Child" "XO" computers. Under the direction of photographer Joanne Miller with cameras provided by the artist, the kids captured images and downloaded to "XO" laptops, powered by portable solar panels. Mike Lee of Sugar Labs, D.C., a developer of activities for OLPC, provided technical support. The kids hands-on feedback helped the program designer improve software used by children around the world.
"One Laptop Per Child" was created by Nicholas Negroponte and others from the MIT Media Lab. Their mission is to manufacture and distribute affordable laptop computers to every child in the world providing them access to knowledge and modern forms of education. The MIT Media Lab provided the computers.
Artist-in-Residence, Joanne Miller worked with fifth grade students at Potomac Elementary, incorporating photography, science and haiku poetry. Students learned about photography and the language of art. They learned about telling stories with a photograph, the importance of light and color, feelings and emotions, zooming in and out of a scene, a "birds-eye-view", changing perspective, how to compose an image, and looking for beauty in the details. Each child learned basic techniques with the digital camera.
At the end of the ten week PhotoKids program, Alice and Joanne organized an exhibition of the children's photographs at their Youth Center and then at the Executive Office Building (EOB) in Rockville. "This was a huge self-esteem booster for everyone," says Alice. During the reception at EOB, County Executive Isiah Leggett visited with the children and their families. "The visit with Mr. Leggett and, of course working with Joanne, showed our kids that their life could be different. That there were options and opportunities. That their own future could be beautiful."
This program and exhibitions were made possible by the generosity of the Montgomery County Employee Giving Campaign. Donations were matched with a grant from Sovereign Bank Foundation, which supports after-school and summer programs that enrich educational opportunities for children in low- and moderate-income communities.