With her second grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Susan Boecher [top], Art Department faculty member, taught a six-week photography workshop that partnered OverExposure, a media arts nonprofit, Augsburg College and Centro, an area social service organization.
Four Augsburg photography students served as OverExposure mentors to help teach black and white photography to 11 teens from Raices/Roots, a youth development program for high-risk Latino youth offered through Centro.
Meeting at Augsburg twice weekly from July 5 to August 11, students learned the technical and artistic skills required to properly expose, develop, and print black and white film and the vocabulary needed to articulate and write a statement of their completed work. Using themes of identity, culture, and places as assignments, students created a portfolio of prints that was presented at Centro on August 12, 2011.
Centro students expressed outcomes that included understanding patience, learning new skills, looking at the world through a different lens and appreciating the amount of work good photographs require. By serving as mentors, Augsburg students developed leadership skills and a broader understanding of the Centro community.