This week was the opening reception of ImageMakers featuring photography by children from the 13 Boys & Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County. These children, ages 6 to 17, learn photography skills and take photographs during scheduled club field trips. More than 7,500 children participate in the Boys & Girls Clubs program. The Boys & Girls Club is the country’s largest not-for-profit youth development organization dedicated to serving youth from 6 to 18 years of age, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances. The organization offers children opportunities to engage in artistic and culturally beneficial experiences.
“ReImagining Our City” is a project that began with viewing the work of Ugandan artist, Ruganzu Bruno Tusingwire, who transforms plastic waste into parks and playgrounds. The teens mapped the city of Belle Glade by memory and from their own perspective. Next, they chose locations that they wanted to build out of the recycled materials and re-designed existing buildings, while also creating new places to visit.
The “heads” you see in the exhibit are from a session when the teens explored wearable art inspired by contemporary artist Nick Cave.