The AjA Project’s PhotoCity program at Monroe Clark Middle School (MCMS) in City Heights is currently in its third semester of programming. Over the past few semesters, PhotoCity students have photographed and documented issues around their community, developed proposals for change around these issues, and presented their proposals to stakeholders in their community and at their school.
The students’ most recent proposal to create an art wall in the main courtyard of their school was approved by MCMS administration, giving students the green light to move forward with the planning and implementation of change at a local level.
PhotoCity students have identified the primary theme for the wall to be “sustainability.” Under the scope of this overarching theme, students have identified “nature, family/friends, education, technology and art/photography” as their subthemes. The students will be focusing on creating content to illustrate each of these themes and the simplicity of their connectivity to one another – basically, how one supports and sustains the next. Having images of these themes on the wall will serve as daily inspiration to all students at Monroe Clark.
Students are currently in the process of identifying materials and supplies needed to install the art wall. Students will be creating a budget for their project based on installation costs and the cost of the materials. Once a budget is created, students will go through the fundraising process to raise funds necessary to create the art wall and then begin the process of instillation.
Partnerships with other community-based organizations are integral to the success of the action-based component of PhotoCity, where change is implemented and sustained. PhotoCity is pleased to announce its partnership with the San Diego Cultural Arts Alliance, a graffiti education and mural arts program, for the art wall initiative at MCMS. Through this partnership, PhotoCity will be piloting portions of the Alliance’s graffiti arts curriculum in the classroom with students, while The Alliance assists in informing the art wall process.
Please stay tuned for more PhotoCity student documentation of their innovative initiative at Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights!