HCP Family Day
HCP Summer Camps
HCP Girls' Own Stories 1994
HCP believes that everyone can benefit from the creative and imaginative aspects of photography. As an important means of self-expression, it can strengthen participants' sense of self and develop confidence and competence creatively and professionally in individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of arts exposure. HCP is committed to lifelong learning through photography and seeks to educate the community about its history and process as well as the ways in which photography can be used as a tool for personal and community expression.
HCP’s Access and Community Education (A.C.E.) programs build community and support the organization’s mission of educating and inspiring the public with the art and practice of photography. These programs, which include Picture This!, Girls' Own Stories, and Collaborations stem from an understanding of the camera as a tool for empowerment. HCP's A.C.E. programs meet individuals where they are, and our Community Educators validate their unique lived experiences through diverse curriculum tailored to the needs of each site we visit. Currently, Community Educators work in medical settings, including Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as schools and community centers like St. Stephen’s Episcopal School and Wesley Community Center.
PictureThis! is HCP’s five-module program curriculum, originally developed and implemented at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002. It has since been taught at schools and community centers throughout the greater Houston area. Students participating in the program learn the importance of photography in communicating a message, how to use a camera, how to understand their place in the environment, and how to communicate their vision through exhibitions and public talks. HCP’s Outreach Team provides continuous feedback and constructive critique on the work created, offers assignments for students to work on their own time, and show examples from other photographers to provide inspiration that sparks the students’ imaginations. Throughout the program, students search for their personal vision and mbark on the creation of a series of work that is showcased upon their completion of the program.
Module 1: Reading a Photograph: Intro to Photography
Module 2: Understanding How the Camera Works
Module 3: I See You, I See Me: Exploration in Portraiture
Module 4: The World Around Me: Exploring the Environment
Module 5: Sharing Your Photograph
In spring 2014, HCP purchased an out-of-service ambulance with the hope of taking its community education programs on the road.The exterior of the ambulance was transformed into a camera and premiered during the National Global Alliance for the Arts and Health Conference held in Houston, April 2014. It made its public debut during the Houston Art Car Parade in May 2014.
HCP has finally completed the process of converting the ambulance into the Flash Drive, a Mobile Photography Education Unit, featuring a working camera obscura.
Family Day provides the community the opportunity to experience a fine art photography exhibition in a different way. Activities during Family Day are interactive and encourage our audience, regardless of age, to engage with the work seen on the walls. HCP sees Family Day as way to create a more inclusive environment for those who may feel uncomfortable in a fine art setting. Family Day encourages community collaboration; a key component in HCP’s mission to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture.Family Days are free, open to the public, and include story time, snacks, and lots of fun for all ages.
Upcoming Family Days:
December 10, 2016
July 29, 2017
Collaborations is a program that connects 20 Houston-area high school students to each other and to photography, culminating in a professionally mounted exhibition at HCP. Over the course of 8-10 weeks, HCP brings in professionals and artists to cover such topics like the business of photography, publishing, preparing for portfolio reviews, and writing artist statements. HCP also teaches students how to print and mount their work in a professional manner and fosters the students’ public speaking and presentation skills through artist talks and a print sale which are attended by the general public in HCP’s galleries.
The work created in the program has been the platform for many of the students' college applications, and the relationships built extend beyond the program, not only with each other but also with HCP. The Collaborations program provides students across various socioeconomic backgrounds the opportunity to build relationships and skills that they can use creatively and professionally throughout their lives. Scholarships are available.