Kids in Focus: Photographers Mentoring Youth
Jul 11 - Sep 24, 2023
Through the nine-week Kids in Focus after-school program, skilled mentors use the art of photography with one-to-one guidance to inspire and empower at-risk youth.
Through the nine-week Kids in Focus after-school programs, skilled mentors use the art of photography with one-to-one guidance to inspire and empower youth. For this exhibition, Phoenix photographer Buzzy Sullivan was one volunteer mentor who worked with these young people to produce the images shown. Kids in Focus’s evidence-based programs—for 10- to 14-year-olds, many of whom have experienced adversity—provide these kids with a new perspective on themselves and the world around them. For more about the program, visit KidsInFocus.org.
Buzzy Sullivan is a photographer based in Phoenix. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Sullivan grew up in Montana, which is often known as “The Last Best Place” and is also home to the largest Superfund site in the United States. Montana’s duality of pristine wilderness and toxic remains formed his interest in the human/nature interface. Sullivan is currently part of the residential photography faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and a member of Eye Lounge artist collective in Phoenix.
Library Creatives | The Power of Photography: A Presentation by Kids in Focus
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Tapping into the power and universal language of photography, Kids in Focus—a nonprofit organization—mentors kids to overcome adversity and to gain a new perspective on themselves and their environment.
Library Creatives | Anthotypes: Photography with Edible Plants
Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2023, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Using edible plants such as spinach, blueberries, or beets, photographer and Kids in Focus mentor Jimmy Fike will teach how to create photosensitive prints with natural materials.