Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
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Description Ryan C.Advanced Black & WhiteSpring 2010Artist Statement:When my class first came up with our theme for the quarter I was not in high spirits. It just wasnt something easy for me to relate to. At first I thought of Perfection because I always feel the need to be perfect. When taking photographs for that idea I couldnt think of anything; I guess I had the urge for it to be perfect. That vice failed. I then got the idea of gambling and how a lot of people are somewhat addicted to it. After processing my film on a Monday I ended coming to YIF everyday for the rest of the week to get a good print; nothing came out right with my pictures and as a result it made me more stressed then ever. I was so close to just giving up and not finishing the class but I had so much motivation from my classmates. Even though I was never the happiest with my finals and wish they were the best out of all three classes I have taken here, I didnt give up. It shows how much passion I have for photography and how you shouldnt give up on something you take pleasure in! You can do it!
Youth In Focus, Seattle Member Since May 2009 Artist Statement Youth in Focus’s mission is to empower urban youth, through photography, to experience their world in new ways and to make positive choices for their lives. We put cameras in the hands of low income, at-risk youth and place them in a challenging environment surrounded by high quality talented teachers, nurturing adult volunteer mentors, and create a strong community of support. Through photography our students find their voice, identity, creativity, and gain new confidence in their worth and abilities.
Why Youth in Focus?
(Critical Time) We work with youth, 13-19 years of age, who face a variety of challenges in their lives on a daily basis, and who struggle with a combination of race, poverty or homophobia. At Youth in Focus, we feel that we reach at-risk youth at a crucial time – at or before the 9th grade – when 90% of the majority of youth that drop out of high school do during that year.
(Statistics) Nearly 73% of our students qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, 82% are students of color, and 70% live with a single parent or have other living arrangements. In 19 years, Youth in Focus has had more than 2,800 youth go through our free youth development photography program.
(Exceptional Standards) Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) scores for Youth in Focus, in 2011 and 2012, were consistently higher than comparison scores for 1,216 other National Youth programs.
(Direct Attention) We intentionally keep our classes small to facilitate maximum student-adult interaction and relationship building. Youth in Focus creates a healthy, positive place where diverse students feel they belong.
(Nationally Recognized) The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities recognized Youth in Focus as a model program in 2000, providing “life-changing activities” to youth with limited opportunities. Our students have shown their work at the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and the Washington State Convention Center. Click here to see the feature KING 5 did on us recently.