JHP Program to Exhibit at Carnegie Hall

We’ve been busy this summer. One of our exciting new programs was in conjunction with NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Participants from each of the seven NeOn Arts were guided through an asset mapping project led by professional photographers. JHP was given the opportunity to work with the Harlem NeON Arts team and volunteer teachers Alberto Vasari and Wendy Correa focused on a “Healthy Harlem” theme with their group. Students learned more about living healthy lives and maintaining healthy relationships from visits to the Harlem Grown office and farm, New York Restoration Project Gardens (Rodale Pleasant Park and Herb Garden), Work Hard. Train Harder! (gym and personal training) and a visit from When Love Works (relationship building).

This unique photo project introduced participants to new resources in their local communities with the opportunity to create an asset map using photographs taken of each of the five found assets. The photos will be used in an interactive Google map and will be on display in an exhibition and reception held at Carnegie Hall on Monday, September 28th. This reception is free and open to the public. Funding for NeON Arts programs is provided by the Open Society Foundations and grant money was awarded to JHP for this project by Carnegie Hall.

Participants capture the greenery at Rodale Pleasant Park.

Enjoying the fruits of labor in garden life.

Participant puts to work some new people skills learned from When Love Works.

We’re Proud of Proud! Meet JHP’s Spring Intern

Meet Proud.

Originally from Thailand and currently attending International High School in Manhattan, Proud recently concluded her internship here at JHP.   During her time, she assisted with in office tasks including but not limited to camera inventory and exhibition preparations. Alongside her office work, she created both a Blurb.com book (click the link to view or purchase Proud’s book) with photos she captured over her time with us and also, a short movie about her internship experience. Proud chose to study and follow the style of photographer Dimitri Mellos as she created her book from images on the streets of New York. Proud had the opportunity to sit with Dimitri and share her work.

Later, Proud shared the details of her internship during a presentation held at International High School that celebrates the students’ work and internships. Proud’s video was shown at the June 3 awards ceremony and is now being incorporated into our marketing materials.

In additional to purposeful photography programming, JHP offers young adult participants and high school students at partner schools the opportunity to gain office experience and more time with the camera through an internship. We offer this as another way for JHP to engage with NYC communities and for participants to further engage the world despite the challenges they face.

Watch Proud’s Video Here! 

Photos of Proud’s School Exhibit. Photographs by: Elana Hart