Teen Photo

The Honickman Foundation Teen Photo Program is a free after-school program open to any Philadelphia public high school student. Every student receives 8 months of free education and full access to TILT’s equipment, materials, and expert teaching staff. Students have the opportunity to borrow a DSLR camera to take home for the entire school year. Together, students create and share images and ideas, build self-confidence, meet new friends and develop new technical skills.

Over 70% of our student’s schools do not offer photography classes. We guide our students through the process of gaining a form of visual literacy. Learning to think critically and creatively through photography opens up a love of learning and helps students grow in every aspect of their academic and personal lives.

Teen Photo will begin the week of October 18th and conclude on the last week of May. Teen Photo is offered Monday – Thursday from 4pm – 6pm.  Students will attend one session a week and have the option to choose their preferred day of the week. Students involved in the program go on field trips to art exhibitions around the city, create a book of their class’s photos, and exhibit their work in TILT’s gallery.

Interested students may join us by filling out the application here. We will be in touch before class begins in October.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Rolling deadline until October 15th, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact josh@philaphotoarts.org.

2021 Teaching Artists

Danielle Morris is a self-taught photographer who mainly works in street and self-portraiture. Danielle is a teaching artist in Drexel University’s Writers Room, a university-community literary arts program engaged in creative placemaking and art for social justice. Danielle contributed to the 2018-19 “Women’s Mobile Museum” residency led by South African visual activist Zanele Muholi. She has exhibited at the Colored Girls Museum’s (2019), the 2018 SPACES Residency, “Home Court” lead by visual artist Shawn Theodore, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and The Barnes Foundation.

Arely Peña Arely is from Monterrey, Nuevo León and Houston, Texas. She received her BFA from the University of Houston in 2018 and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

Past Exhibitions

Teen Photo is supported by The Julian A. and Lois G. Brodsky Foundation, Connelly Foundation, David A. Cook Beautiful, Useful, Joyful Memorial Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, The Nessa Forman, David Forman, Eleanor and Solomon Forman Family Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Kinder Morgan Foundation, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, The Christopher Ludwick Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts, and The Lawrence Saunders Fund.

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