KIDS ART ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY ALUMNUS JONAS NINA BECKER

KIDS ART ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY ALUMNUS JONAS NINA BECKER

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 14:06
Established last year, the children's art organization The Mobile Pinhole Project, was founded by Studio Art alumnus Jonas Nina Becker (MFA '10).

The Mobile Pinhole Project engages Los Angeles youth in hands-on, day-long photography workshops using the VanCam, a van retrofitted into a giant pinhole camera.  It is committed to providing access to visual expression as a fundamental building block for the development of individual identity, communication, and critical thinking. Through innovative mobile programming, youth of all backgrounds and levels of experience are able to benefit from experiential arts learning in neighborhoods across Los Angeles.

In workshops guided by professional local artists, young people go inside the camera and experience photography at its most basic components: light and paper.  Prompted by guiding questions, participants work together to create a large format photograph that represents their collective insight into identity, culture, and place.  By bringing the VanCam to local neighborhoods, demonstrating photography at a human scale, and guiding youth to visually explore their communities, the Mobile Pinhole Project makes artistic expression geographically, technologically, and conceptually accessible.

The Mobile Pinhole Project was featured an All Things Considered on KCRW.

To learn more about the Mobile Pinhole Project, please go to: http://mobilepinholeproject.tumblr.com/.

Image: courtesy of the artist.