Now Hiring: Teaching Artists!

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Our core programs are led by a Teaching Artist, a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and sensibilities of an educator, who engages a wide range of people in learning experiences through photography.

Here at Las Fotos Project, Teaching Artists are hired professionals and photographers with experience teaching youth. They have a strong commitment to, and experience in, documentary photography, photojournalism, and/or street photography; familiarity with participant photography and visual storytelling, and they are experts in digital media, including image management.  Continue reading

You’re invited! Fall 2015 student photo exhibit: home.

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WHAT DOES HOME MEAN TO YOU?
We asked 100+ teenage girls from Westlake, Huntington Park, Koreatown, Highland Park, Boyle Heights, South Central LA, and Tijuana. Come check out their photos and read their writing documenting what the word home means to them.

WHEN
Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

WHERE
Self Help Graphics & Art, 1300 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

RSVP
www.lasfotosproject.org/RSVP

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Alliance College Ready Charter School #16
Arroyo Seco Library
Aspire Ollin Preparatory High School
Augustus Hawkins High School
Bresee Foundation
Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights
Clinton Middle School
East LA Women’s Center
Girls Today Women Tomorrow
i.am.college track
Luther Burbank Middle School
Mendez High School
Mercado La Paloma
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
The Aja Project
The In-Sight Photography Project
Pasaje Rodriguez

SUPPORTED BY:
The California Endowment
Vernon Community Fund
Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
Employee Community Fund of Boeing CA
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Weingart Foundation
California Community Foundation
Parsons Foundation
ACT

Las Fotos Project Tijuana Fundraiser

By: Las Fotos Project Tijuana Team

DSC02233Wow, we are writing with our hearts full of happiness from Tijuana — we reached AND surpassed our fundraising goal and were able to raise $937 for this semester of Las Fotos Project Tijuana on Fondeadora! We are sending out a huge hug to everyone who has helped us in this campaign, we couldn’t do the work we do without you! Continue reading

Open creativity in Tijuana

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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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Las Fotos Project Summer Camp 2015
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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Las Fotos Project Summer Camp 2015
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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Las Fotos Project Summer Camp 2015
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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Las Fotos Project Summer Camp 2015
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