Everyday DC: A Photography Exhibition


A student from Johnson Middle School captures a classmate departing a public bus while taking photographs representing her experience of daily life in Washington, D.C. Image by a a visual arts student from Johnson Middle School. Washington, D.C., 2017.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (All day) to Friday, March 31, 2017 (All day)
Southwest Arts Club
700 Delaware Avenue, Southwest
Washington, DC 20024

What images come to mind when you think of Washington, D.C.? How does media representation of the District compare with the everyday experiences of youth in the District?

“Everyday DC,” a photography exhibition on view at the Southwest Arts Club in Washington D.C., from March 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017, explores these questions by visualizing daily life in Washington, D.C., through the eyes of over 100 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from eight DC public middle schools that represent all four quadrants of the city.

The Everyday DC exhibition is the culmination of a multi-week photojournalism unit designed by the visual arts department at DC Public Schools (DCPS), DCPS visual arts educators and the Pulitzer Center. The unit, which is inspired by the Everyday Africa project from journalists Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill and is supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was developed to align with the National Core Arts standards and the visual arts standards developed by DCPS.

Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, is an attempt to re-direct focus toward a more accurate understanding of what the majority of Africans experience on a day-to-day basis: normal life. The project is a response to the common media portrayal of the African continent as a place consumed by war, poverty, and disease. The Pulitzer Center has worked with schools throughout the United States to connect Everyday Africa with students. A curriculum designed by the Everyday Africa team, Pulitzer Center staff and Community Consolidated School District 21's Information Literacy Specialist Tracy Crowley served as inspiration for the unit plan designed in collaboration with DC Public Schools.

In preparation for teaching the unit this fall, DCPS visual arts educators met with the Pulitzer Center education team and photojournalist Allison Shelley in September 2016 to practice photojournalism skills and experience the components of the Everyday DC unit plan. Teachers then adapted the plan for their students and schedules. Before selecting the final images for the exhibition, students explored photography skills, learned visual reporting with Pulitzer Center grantee Shelley and analyzed images from Everyday Africa. The images on display in Everyday DC represent only a selection of the photos captured by students this year. Other images were displayed as part of exhibitions hosted at the participating middle schools earlier this year.

Please join us for an opening reception at the Southwest Arts Club on the evening of Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Click here to RSVP. For more information about the unit plan and exhibition, contact education@pulitzercenter.org.

Everyday DC: A Photography Exhibition
Southwest Arts Club
700 Delaware Avenue Southwest
Washington, DC 20024
On view March 1-31, 2017

Open Gallery Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00-5:00PM
Wednesdays from 5:00-8:00PM

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6:30PM