Ages 16-29
Summer 2018, Kids Safe Zone

In this photography, creative writing, and book design workshop student fellows will explore how different artistic disciplines can succeed together.  They'll experiment with different styles of writing--poetry, fiction, memoir, short snips of dramatic dialogue--and different styles of photography--portraits, nature and street photography, black & white and color.  And they'll experiment further with how these varying forms can be combined in an accordion book to create new forms and distinct effects.  A book may be a narrative, a collection of impressions, a series of contradictions, a society of personalities, or whatever a fellow dreams up.  Each fellow will have opportunity to create a number of books, developing their design skills, their vision of the world, their understanding of themselves as artists.  Fellows will learn aesthetic and technical aspects of photography, expand their writing skills, and be introduced to basic bookmaking.  Their work will be shared on the program website and at a public exhibition, where both books and individual pieces will be be made available for viewing.  Limited to 12 student fellows.

Pictures, Poetry, & Prose: The Art of the Accordion Book is a co-production with Kids Safe Zone.

Somer Greer is a poet and photographer who, since moving from Florida, is happy to call Baltimore home. He teaches writing at Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University, and pursues photography all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. He is thrilled to help make Baltimore stronger through art.

Essence Smith is Executive Director at the Penn North Kids Safe Zone.  She has a passion for empowering today’s youth through education and leadership development. Essence believes you should be the change you want to see.

Daniela Zapata is a neuroscience and French major at Johns Hopkins University.  She is a photographer, working with The News-Letter and with Visual Resources Collections.  She also works independently on shoots for student groups and campus organizations.