Less than two weeks left to see my exhibit, The Resilience Project, in the Arches Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center (building 9). The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.
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Next month, I will be the featured artist in the Arches Gallery at the Workhouse Arts Center. My show, "The Resilience Project," will be up from March 7 to April 1 and will include work by the students I'm teaching at Holmes Middle School. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 10.
The Workhouse was kind enough to issue a press release on the show, which will feature 28 photos that focus on how people adapt in the face of day-to-day stress, adversity, trauma, or tragedy. Resilience often is associated with cataclysmic events, but it is knitted through the web of everyday life.
Here’s the quote they used: “These photos, taken over the past several years in multiple states, tell the stories of recovery from some of our nation’s worst natural disasters as well as dedicated artists and athletes who have been faced with obstacles while pursuing the craft they love. They also illustrate the determination of historically marginalized populations as well as the struggles families go through in day-to-day life.”
To see more on the show, go to http://glenncook.virb.com/resilience. #artsfairfax
A gallery of photos from Saturday’s “March for Our Lives,” one of the largest student-driven protests in U.S. history, is now up on my website here. You also can see a larger gallery of photos on my Facebook page here.
Crowd estimates ranged from 200,000 to 850,000 as students, parents, and activists of all ages and from across the U.S. and Canada jammed Pennsylvania Avenue and side streets from 3rd to 12th Avenue.
The Washington, D.C., event was the largest of 800 marches across the country spearheaded by a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff were killed by a gunman in February. The march came on the heels of a nationwide student walkout earlier this month; a second walkout is planned on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School.
#marchforourlives #washingtondc #StonemanDouglas #rally#guncontrol #photography #eventphotography
Given the attention around the March for Our Lives and the students’ determination to make changes, I thought I’d make one last plug for my featured artist photo exhibit, “The Resilience Project,” on display through Saturday in the Arches Gallery (Building 9) at the Workhouse Arts Center.
"The Resilience Project" includes 28 of my photos and 10 taken by students at Holmes Middle School in Annandale. It is on display from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Stop by and take a look if you get the chance! You can see and read more about the show by going to http://glenncook.virb.com/resilience.
Photos from the last Artist Residency class at Holmes Middle School. (Pics by Garrett James of Capital Media USA) #artsfairfax
Earlier this week, I finished my artist residency at Holmes Middle School in Annandale. It was an illuminating experience, one that further deepened my appreciation for teachers and showed — again — that today's digital natives have great instincts and talents.
Jason Hutto's class of seventh- and eighth graders learned about the meaning and value of resilience, basic photo composition, how to conduct an interview, and how to develop, build, and edit a visual story. They were tasked with finding, photographing, videotaping, and interviewing an adult about resilience.
The students selected a parent, family member, teacher, or trusted adult. Many learned more about their parents' journey to America as immigrants, or how teachers and counselors work to help students in an incredibly diverse environment. Talking to the students about their subjects, you could see how they were learning lessons about the power of resilience in our everyday lives.
The continuity of the sessions was marred when two days of class were cancelled due to weather. On the final class day, some students were on a field trip, while others were in testing.
No question, teaching was a test of my own resilience. Both of my parents were teachers, and I've written about K-12 education for my entire career, so I knew some of the basics. Also, as a parent of four, I was prepared to deal with students who have a variety of learning styles. I knew some would be more engaged than others, a few would bring more knowledge to the table, and some would generally not give a damn.
Having that knowledge in advance, however, didn't prepare me for the reality of teaching, and for a time, I worried that the students would not complete the project. Technical issues, all fixable roadblocks that emerged, clogged the flow. I also faced language barriers with two students whose English is extremely limited.
In the end, it all worked out — for the most part. The work produced by a majority of the students exceeded my expectations. I was impressed by how invested several were in this idea — my idea — of developing art on a topic so close to my heart.
You can see still photographs by 10 students as part of my show — "The Resilience Project" — now on display at the Arches Gallery (Building 9) at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. We have a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and I hope some of you will be able to make it. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The photo below is a preview of the students' work. Hope you can make it to the exhibit. #artsfairfax