The Light Factory Outreach Student Art Exchanges
Every year, The Light Factory joins students together from all walks of life. Whether across a state or an ocean, we engage students in dialogue about their daily life -what makes them different, but more often, what draws them together.
We are Charlotte
Healthcare… racism… the environment... immigration. The Light Factory challenged students from Northwest School of the Arts, as well as Myers Park, West Charlotte and Rocky River High Schools, to express their community’s unique point-of-view on the American Political process and who we are.
In anticipation of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, we inspired students to use photography to represent the Charlotte community in a personal and honest way. Students shot everyone from their family members to the people they thought were marginalized in our community. In addition to the portraits in the gallery, you can see them on digital billboards all around Center City through a unique partnership with Orange Barrel Media. Or you can simply click the image below to see the video online.
This unique arts integrated curriculum used contemporary political photographers to inspire the students to learn about visual arts, history and social studies. The Light Factory’s teaching artists guided students through the creative process and directed their research on the issues that most affect them.
The students’ images respond to questions like: Who personifies the real Charlotte? What bothers you about America? What worries you about the future? What would you change about America if you could?
Raw, honest and emotionally charged, “We are Charlotte” involves students from different walks of life who come together to create powerful art. We invite you to be inspired.