In the Eyes of Our Children:
Houston, An American City
The photographs in this show were all taken by students enrolled at Love Elementary School in kindergarten through the 5th grade, working with Elizabeth Jordan, the art teacher at Love Elementary, in an ongoing project sponsored by the Pozos Art Project and the Houston Grand Opera, with the cooperation of Rice University.
The project began in the late spring of 2011, as a part of the Houston Grand Opera’s highly regarded “Home + Place” project. HGOco, the opera’s community outreach operations, under the direction of Sandra Bernhard, arranged for photographer Geoff Winningham to work with several HISD schools, in order to give a number of school children the opportunity to learn to use digital cameras and to photograph their home and their place in the city of Houston. Winningham, who brought five of his Rice photography students into the project to serve as assistants, has worked with young children in photography for several years though his own non-profit enterprise, the Pozos Art Project. He chose Love Elementary as one of the schools for the HGO “Home + Place” project in order to work with Elizabeth Jordan and her daughter, Hallie Jordan, who was at that time studying photography at Rice University.
The conclusion of the HGOco “Home + Place” project was celebrated in May of 2011 with an exhibition of 44 photographs by 22 Houston school children (including 12 from Love Elementary) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Geoff Winningham, Elizabeth Jordan, and Hallie Jordan continue to work with a group of 11 children at Love Elementary on an expanded, ongoing project.
The Pozos Art Project supplies digital cameras for the children and covers the costs of making prints for exhibition. Rice University has made its digital photography laboratory available for the children’s use, and the children’s parents have provided transportation as the group has traveled to various sites across the city to photograph, including the San Jacinto Monument, Buffalo Bayou, the Day of the Dead celebration at MECA, Christmas in the Heights, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the Water Wall at Williams Tower.
The goal of the ongoing project – In the Eyes of Our Children: Houston, An American City -- is to enable school children from diverse cultural backgrounds to make a collective photographic portrait of Houston and their own place in the city.
Congratulations to these Participating Children from Love Elementary School:
MAY 2011 HGO/MFAH Group
Home and Place
Citlali Arzola *
Terrance (TJ) Washington*
FALL 2012 – SPRING 2013
Terrance (TJ) Washington*
* student participated in both groupsA Photo Gallery, below, displays a small part of the exhibit.