Open creativity in Tijuana


By: Morgan Carne

For the past few weeks, we’ve been working with the Centro Juvenil (Youth Center) in the Maclovio Rojas neighborhood of Tijuana to meet with our group of girls every Wednesday afternoon for a couple hours of classroom instruction, open discussion and photo-taking time. In Las Fotos Project, the expectation is that quality work will be turned out and that the program aims to set fire to this fuse that rests somewhere within each person – the fuse that ignites creativity. Continue reading

Checking out the inspiring campus that is CalArts.


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California Institute of the Arts Campus Tour
Friday, July 24, 2015 | Valencia, CA

For the second and final college campus tour of the summer we took a drive over to Valencia, CA to visit the California Institute of the Arts, also known as CalArts. The school was founded and created by Walt Disney in the early 1960s and staffed by a diverse array of professionals. The institute was started as Disney’s dream of an interdisciplinary “Caltech of the arts”. CalArts provides a collaborative environment for a diversity of artists. Students are free to develop their own work (over which they retain control and copyright) in a workshop atmosphere. The girls who attended had a great time and left inspired by the feeling of the campus. Truly magical. Continue reading

Visioning our futures through vision boards.


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Vision Boards
Thursday, July 23, 2015 | Boyle Heights, CA

What are vision boards? A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life. During today’s workshop we used magazines and art supplies to create our vision boards. How do you make a vision board? Choose words and images that inspire you and make you feel good. You can use your vision board to depict goals and dreams in all areas of your life, or in just one specific area that you are focusing on.

We made this really great worksheets using The Five Book. “Live Your Life On Purpose” helps facilitate the planning process and asks questions like: What are your goals? Who is your support group? What is your mission? If you want a copy of the worksheet, shoot us an email and we’ll share it with you!
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Hollywood, here we come!


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Field Trip to Hollywood
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | Hollywood, CA

Off to Hollywood we go! This summer’s third field was to Hollywood, CA. We hitched rides with our mentors and landed at Hollywood and Highland. We checked out Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, photographed some of our favorite stars, and met some very interesting characters who made us laugh and let us take their photo. After the 2-hour excursion we headed back to our secret headquarters (a.k.a. the office) and reviewed our images, narrowed it down to our best five, did some editing, and wrote descriptions and short stories for each of the photographs. Continue reading

Exploring Scripps, the Women’s College.

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Scripps College Tour
Friday, July 17, 2015 | Claremont, CA

The first college campus tour of the year: Scripps College. Scripps College is a top-ranked national liberal arts college and a member of The Claremont Colleges. Scripps offers an intense learning experience with small classes on a campus famous for its beauty, and its approximately 950 students enjoy the individualized attention of expert and approachable professors in a tight-knit community. A few of the girls left convinced that Scripps College is for them. They envisioned themselves living in the dorms, playing on the soccer team, and making new friends. This was our very first college campus tour, but definitely will not be our last. Seeing how inspiring it was for the girls to be on a college campus was powerful. Continue reading

Off we go to Little Tokyo.

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Field Trip to Little Tokyo
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA

We’ve been taking the metro to different places in LA so that the girls can explore their city a bit more. Today we took a trip over to Little Tokyo, a historic Japanese community on the other side of the Los Angeles river, right across the bridge from Boyle Heights.

“The area was a magnet for immigrating Japanese until the Exclusion Act of 1924 halted any further migration. Shops were along First Street, and vegetable markets were along Central Avenue to the south. Japanese Americans were a significant ethnic group in the vegetable trade, due to the number of successful Japanese American truck farms across Southern California. In 1941, there were approximately 30,000 Japanese Americans living in Little Tokyo.”

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Mapping out our goals by creating Esteem Hearts.


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MakerSpace: Esteem Hearts
Monday, July 14, 2015 | Koreatown, CA

For today’s MakerSpace workshop we learned about Esteem Hearts. Esteem Hearts are art pieces created to help us map out our goals and create paths to avoid any potential blockages. For example: if my goal is to to to UCLA, a blockage would be that I don’t have enough money to pay for classes. Then we explored vessels. Vessels are the paths that we can create to avoid the blockages. A vessel to bypass this blockage would be: apply for lots of scholarship. The end result of this activity is an Esteem Heart which will remind us about the importance of focusing and working hard to overcome the obstacles in our path to life success. Continue reading

Scoping out Downtown Los Angeles with cameras in hand.

Find Mary. Photo by Mary, age 16. Downtown Los Angeles, CA

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Field Trip to Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)
Tuesday, July 9, 2015 | Boyle Heights to DTLA, CA

The first field trip of the month happened today. We all met up at the office in Boyle Heights and a scavenger hunt of 25 items (something purple, happiness, look up, a dog, to name a few) then took the metro to Downtown Los Angeles. Once in DTLA we took our time roaming the streets and photographing things we found to be interesting, along with the items on our scavenger hunt. Many of the girls had never been to DTLA, and 4 of the 5 girls were using a DSLR camera for the first time. We explored the Old Bank District, Broadway, and Pershing Square. Needless to say, it was a memorable experience. Continue reading

Las Fotos Project ESTA SOY YO Spring 2015 Student Photo Exhibit

This semester Las Fotos Project students documented inspirational women, women who they admire, and women who motivate them to be their best selves. They developed a beautiful narrative of personal stories and images which share their perspective on the important role that women play in their lives. Continue reading

Cyanotypes with nature and watercolors.

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Friday, July 11, 2015 | Boyle Heights, CA

Today we created cyanotypes using flowers, plants, and the sun. First we purchased some special cyanotype paper from Freestyle Photo then we picked flowers and plants from the garden that had interesting shapes or outlines. We went back inside the space and laid out the flowers how we wanted them to look in our frames then we went outside to let the sun exposure the paper. Once they were outside for 15 minutes we brought them in and washed off the excess chemicals on the paper. After they dried we took some water colors to the cyanotypes. A first time experiment but they ended up looking really cool. Don’t you think? Continue reading