Arts and Photography for Teens

Project Details by Fiscal Year
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Project Overview

113 teens spent 5 contact hours in workshops at 14 public libraries with a regional professional photographer learning photography skills and increasing their self-confidence in taking pictures in preparation for submitting photographs to be judged in a local photography contest.  The top photographs were submitted for the regional library contest that was judged by nationally recognized Craig Blacklock.  Because the teen summer reading program was Make Waves at your Library, water was selected as the subject for the photography contest.

Also, students from the Perpich Center for the Arts provided a music program or an art display/program at their local public library.  The students held a classical piano concert at the Duluth Public Libray.  One student at Grand Marais performed songs, both original and by other artists, on his acoustic guitar.  At International Falls, a student had a display of digital frame art and the library held an open house.  In Grand Rapids, the local student displayed a photography exhibit.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council provided contact information and recommendation for the presenter and the judge.

The Perpich Center for the Arts' Librarian provided the contact between the school and the students' parents or guardians and the Arrowhead Library System.

113 teens attended the 14 workshops
34 teens borrowed cameras so they could participate in the workshop
5 teens borrowed cameras to use to take pictures to submit for the contest
93 teens submitted photographs for the contest
5 Perpich Arts students held a performance or an art show at 4 libraries.
54 community members attended the programs by the Perpich Arts students.

Project Details

Event Dates and Locations: 
June 28 and 29, 2010—Grand Rapids and Coleraine Public Libraries 
July 1—Babbitt Public Library 
July 6 and 8—Aurora and Eveleth Public Libraries 
July 12, 13, and 15—Silver Bay, Two Harbors, and Duluth Public Libraries 
July 19, 20, and 22—Baudette, International Falls, and Cloquet Public Libraries 
July 26 and 27—Virginia and Buhl Public Libraries December 21-31, 2009 for the Perpich Art Students Partner Organization(s): Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and the Perpich Center for the Arts

Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Measurable Outcomes may be collected by survey, anecdotal responses, pre-test/post-test, observations; End user change in Behavior, Attitude, Skills, Knowledge, Condition and/or Status

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes were collected through written surveys and listening to the teens and their parents.After the workshop, one father reported:  "It was great that the library had an educational program for teens this summer.  My son really enjoyed learning how to use his camera.  I was worried it was going to sit around unused and he's been using it for the past two weeks."One mother reported, "We went out and bought our daughter a digital camera.  It's so nice she's interested in something besides her phone."

  • 113 teens reported they learned to use their camera better.
  • 55 teens reported they felt more self-confident taking pictures.
  • 19 teens said they had a "ton of fun."
  • 4 teens reported they are going to purchase a camera.
  • 2 teens reported they plan to become a photographer.
  • 15 teens reported they learned the "rule of thirds"
  • 4 Perpich Arts students gained skills performing/presenting in front of an audience.
  • 1 Perpich Arts student learned that it was important to include short explanations with her work so that the public would understand what photography techniques she had used.
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