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. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the Southwest Arts Club on the evening of Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5:30-8:00PM. Click here to RSVP.
"Everyday DC" 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.
For more information about the unit plan and exhibition, contact [email protected].
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
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 5:30-8:00PM