What we've been up to lately....
Baltimore United Viewfinders young artists have built a rich legacy in East Baltimore and an body of work in since our founding in 2011. You can click here to check it out!
What follows is information about our some of our current projects and initiatives. If you see something that excites you, awesome! We offer curricula, project guides, and other resources to members of learning community and you can join for free, from anywhere in the world!
Becoming is a two-part curriculum, developed by Kristen Brown. In part one, youth explore their own identity, societal expectations, and leadership through photography, wood construction, and performance work. In the second unit, the questions that string through these lessons encourage participants to think critically about who they are, the decisions they make, and where these decisions are leading them in life. Most importantly, it prompts reflection on how we become the people we want to be. It addresses these topics through artistic processes, such as, photography, video, and fashion design. Download the Curriculum.
Eastside Stories III: Finding Home
Throughout the year, we have explored the subject of home in many different ways. We have deliberately been inclusive of the views of young adults, new residents, high school students, and immigrants within the neighborhood. Eastside Stories III: Finding Home is print publicationincluding original artwork created by The Viewfinders, as well as in-depth interviews with community members.
Home Is… tells the story of home through the eyes of the Junior Viewfinders. Through writing, photography, videography, and sculptural design, the Junior Viewfinders explored home as more than just the place they live, but also as a feeling, a sensation, an activity, a person, a community, and much more. Download the Curriculum.
Campaign For Change
The Campaign for Change initiative was a twelve-week project to engage our middle school and high school students in an after-school curriculum focused upon applying visual communication and graphic design as a tool for advocacy and community engagement. The students used survey data from McElderry Park Community Association and went out in the neighborhood to interview people to learn about important issues in the community. They then designed posters to distribute around the community.