Devin Allen's youth photography program is helping kids one camera at a time
April 28, 2016 at 4:54 am
Using his love of the arts and devotion to uplift the city's young people, in 2015 he launched "Through Their Eyes," an arts collaborative showcase that partners Allen with students in Baltimore city schools to learn the skills of photography and display their images in art exhibitions. With arts education programs in schools across the country being cut and underfunded, the need for fine arts programs for students is imperative especially for those who lean on creative spaces to express, explore, and deter them from negative alternatives. After Allen had his first solo art showcase last year, he was inspired by the many youth he interacted with to take his motivational approach a step further. He began teaching at Kids Safe Zone, a drop-in community center, donating his time and money to give cameras to budding photographers and hold youth photography workshops. He went on to develop a longer more enriching mentorship with seven middle school students, whose works recently went on to be displayed at local arts venue, The Motor House
I am birthing the next generation of photographers, growing up in the hood photography is not a known outlet pic.twitter.com/kq3SbQ2e5l— Devin | Allen (@byDVNLLN) April 27, 2016
Even after running out of money I did my first art show this year for the youth with the help of @ArtsEveryDay pic.twitter.com/P7psdLDPbJ — Devin | Allen (@byDVNLLN) April 27, 2016Coming from the same communities and sharing similar backgrounds as many of the kids he teaches, Allen feels very connected to the students he works with. In regards to giving back to his beloved city of Baltimore, Allen told Yes! Magazine:
“This is the most important thing I can do.”Since first picking up the camera in 2013, Allen has quickly made a name for himself as a storyteller. His talent for creating images that move masses is leading the way to him becoming a legendary force in the world of art and photography, similar to his inspiration, Gordon Parks. As more and more youth follow his lead and find ways to channel their everyday occurrences and struggles behind the lens of camera, he is helping shift the all too often dim trajectory plaguing America's young black youth. With every flash, Allen is doing his part to change that outcome one camera at a time
If you have any unused cameras that you think could benefit this awesome program, check out Devin's Twitter account to find out how you can help
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