Started in 2002, Houston Center for Photography’s Picture This! program serves children receiving treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital and their families. Using photography-based activities, HCP’s trained facilitators work with patients on a variety of projects aimed at engaging creativity and exploring key learning topics which encourage motor, emotional and developmental skills. The program enables young patients to focus on cultivating imagination while learning new technologies, art practices, tools, and skills that cross multiple disciplines. Using iPads, digital cameras, iPhones and printers, facilitators are able to teach basic photography skills such as composition, lighting, editing, and printing.
The Picture This! program has successfully stimulated dialogue and offered meaningful photography education in the healthcare setting for twelve years. Last year, the program served 500 individuals, 300 of them who were considered youth. The program employed five artists and served a wide range of demographics. In bringing together such a variety of groups, Picture This!fostered a strong sense of inclusiveness within diverse communities.