5 CORNERS COLLECTIVE
EMPOWERING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
WHAT WE DO
5 Corner Collective is a non-profit teaching and exhibition collaborative founded by five graduates of the University of Hartford's MFA program in photography. We partner with community groups to teach photography and filmmaking in underserved areas. Our teaching artists provide their students with the tools they need to tell their own stories. We then create opportunities for participants to share their work with their communities. In so doing, we encourage participants to celebrate their strengths and confront their challenges - and to grow as artists, advocates and community members.
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality really is."
We structure our photography and filmmaking workshops to meet the goals of the communities in which we teach. They may vary in length from a few days to a few weeks. Teaching artists provide instruction on camera skills and photography as a visual language. They help participants use those skills to make photographs or short videos that reflect their personal vision. Our workshops are free of cost to the participants and we provide each of our students with cameras to use during the workshops.
During the last five years, we collaborated with the Boys & Girls Club on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to provide photography and vidoegraphy workshops. The Club works with youth living on the reservation to build the confidence and resilience they need to become healthy young adults. Under the guidance of our teaching artists, Club members between the ages of 8 and 13 have been encouraged to use their cameras to document what is important to them. They have produced a unique body of work that emphasizes their friendships, reflects their culture, and captures the beauty of the natural landscape.
OUR TEACHING ARTISTS
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Our teaching artists are working photographers and experienced art educators. They enjoy sharing their passion for photography with their students. For more information about our artists, click on the link below their names to be redirected to their websites.
UHART PROFILES 5 CORNERS
Posted December 1, 2020
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB SUMMER PHOTO LEAGUE
Posted October 28, 2020
When the Coronavirus pandemic prevented us from traveling to the Rosebud Reservation in 2020 to continue our photography workshops, we immediately switched gears and went virtual. We formed the Boys & Girls Club Summer Photo League and invited interested youth from the Club's Teen Program to join. With support from Media Art Xploration, we paid each League member a small stipend to use their cell phone cameras to document daily life over a six-week period during summer. At the end of each week, each League member uploaded their best photographs to 5 Corners teaching artists Josee Schryer and Robin Dahlberg. These photographs were then displayed on Media Art Xploration's Instagram and website, and the Club's Facebook page. As the above images illustrate, the Club youth produced a body of work that reflects the healing power of nature during a dark time.
SAN FRANCISCO EXHIBITION!
Posted May 23, 2019
We were beyond thrilled with our exhibition at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Six girls who participated in our photo workshops at the Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud traveled to San Francisco to see their images on display. In addition to spending time at Cal Academy, we hung out with the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, went to the Exploratorium, saw the Golden Gate Bridge, splashed around in the San Francisco Bay and rode a cable car. In short, we had a lot of fun.
LAKOTA STAR STORIES
Posted May 9, 2019
Don't miss us at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences on May 17 and 18. We will be exhibiting 13 photo murals, six of which are shown below, as part of MAX 2019: A Space Festival. Each mural is a composite of photographs taken by youth participating in a photography workshop taught by 5 Corners' teaching artists, Robin Dahlberg, Josee Schryer and Veronica Melendez, at the Boys & Girls Club on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. The workshop encouraged the youth to reconnect with their Lakota heritage by using cameras to explore and re-interpret Lakota Star Knowledge. Click here for more information about the festival.
Enrich a life!
Your support is important to our work. Your financial contributions enable us to offer our workshops free of costs to all participants and to provide each participant with a camera to use during the workshop. Every little bit that you commit goes a long way. Checks made payable to 5 Corners Collective, Inc. can be sent to 5 Corners Collective, Inc., 76 Jane Street, New York, New York 10014,
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Get in touch with 5 Corners Collective, Inc. to learn more about our work and how we might bring photography and filmmaking to your community.