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FOTOFENCE2006 - Student Artwork at The Gallery
May 15 - May 20, 2006

FOTOFENCE
FOTOFEST2006
Student Artwork at The Galleria
FotoFest’s Award-Winning Education Program

May 15 – May 20, 2006
The Galleria – Nordstrom/Foley’s Wing – Ground Floor
Houston, Texas



HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 2, 2005) – FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography®, a pre-collegiate writing and photography program aimed at improving literacy and writing skills through the use of visual art, will mount its sixteenth annual exhibit of student art and writing projects, May 15 – May 20, 2006, at The Galleria, one of the largest public commercial centers in the U.S.

Saturday, May 20, 2006, 1 PM- 4 PM, FotoFest and The Galleria are hosting a reception for students exhibiting at FotoFence, their families and the public. Students participating in the exhibition will have the opportunity to attend the Kidgets Club “SpongeBob SquarePants” party as well as shop at various kids stores around the Galleria, including The Disney Store, Gapkids, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and more. The exhibit and reception is being held at the Nordstrom’s/Foley’s wing of The Galleria on the ground floor.

FotoFest is sharing The Galleria with the Simon Kidgets Kid’s Club. Kidgets is one of Houston’s most popular and fun free kids clubs specializing in family entertainment. Kidgets hosts cultural events and parties for kids, free of charge, throughout the year and is sponsored by Simon Properties. Past events held at the Galleria have included “Curious George and the Simon Kidgets Book Blast” and an Easter Celebration “Bunny Breakfast.”


Since 1990, the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program has been used by over 20,000 students in the Houston area, other Texas cities and other parts of the U.S. LTP is a writing program designed to help classroom students achieve better communication skills through the use of digital or film-based photography. Teachers are provided with carefully designed lesson plans that offer new writing techniques, basic photography skills, and effective teaching strategies that transform the classroom into a stimulating environment to give students the confidence to express themselves through writing, and believe what they write. All LTP lessons are aligned with TEKS requirements for students in third to 12th grades.

Currently, LTP program is being taught in 36 schools, serving approximately 2,000 students in the 3rd to 12th grades. LTP is represented in 10 school districts across Harris County including: Houston ISD, Pasadena ISD, Waller ISD, Aldine ISD, Sheldon ISD, Goose Creek ISD, North Forest ISD, Charter Educational Leadership, Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston and Spring Branch ISD.

The students’ work are collaged posters that include original writing and photographs exploring Self, Family, Community, and Dreams. The LTP curriculum developed by FotoFest is flexible and expandable. LTP offers modified into Digital, Advanced, and English as a Second Language curricula in addition to the film-based LTP program.

THE EARTH CURRICULUM

FotoFest has developed a new Earth-related curriculum to offer students an opportunity to explore their relationship with the land through a series of photography and writing exercises. The curriculum’s focus reflects one of the two major themes of FOTOFEST2006. Each of the four lessons in The EARTH Curriculum is coordinated to TEKS objectives, and enriched with valuable resources to assist teachers in giving students as much information as possible to complete their assignments.

Although commissioned this year to coincide with FOTOFEST2006 – The Earth and Artists Responding to Violence, FotoFest will continue to use the EARTH Curriculum in the future to supplement standard LTP curricula. LTP also offers a curriculum specifically related to water.

LTP has grown from a pilot project in 1987 to become a classroom-based, year-round program in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) system. FotoFest has expanded LTP to other Houston area school districts and is collaborating with Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), a nation-wide non-profit organization founded in Houston and dedicated to ensuring quality public education and increasing high school graduation rates for children in economically disadvantaged communities. Since the fall of 2001, FotoFest has trained 27 teachers in ten Project GRAD participating schools.

LTP is also collaborating with the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) and the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE). HCDE formed CASE in 1999, to mobilize the community to work together to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to an after-school program.

Copies of the regular LTP curricula and The Earth Curriculum are available. Please contact Angela Grace, LTP Coordinator at (713) 223-5522 ext 11 or ltp@fotofest.org. LTP information is available at literacythroughphotography.fotofest.org.

Related websites:
www.projectgradhouston.org
www.hcde-texas.org

For more information on FotoFence and other Literacy Through Photography programming, please contact Angela Grace, LTP Director at 713/ 223-5522 ext 11 or ltp@fotofest.org.


LTP SPONSORS – 2006

FotoFence 2006, Literacy Through Photography 2005 - 2006 and The Earth Curriculum have received special funding from the Vale-Asche Foundation, The Favrot Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission for the Arts, TARGET stores, The City of Houston through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, and The Galleria through SIMON Malls. Support has also come from the Friends of Daphne Wood Gawthrop.

The Literacy Through Photography program has received support from The J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation, The Simmons Foundation, H-E-B Pantry Foods, The Cullen Foundation, Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc, The Powell Foundation, The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, The William Stamps Farish Fund, Houston Endowment, Inc., The Bruni Foundation, The Clayton Fund, Susan Vaughan Foundation, The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, Marion and Speros Martel Foundation, The Jack H. and William M. Light Charitable Trust, The Felvis Fund, Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Education Foundation of America, The Charles Englehard Foundation, The Kettering Family Foundation, Ettinger Foundation, Scurlock Foundation, Margaret Cullinan Wray Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, The Samuels Foundation of the Jewish Community of Houston, The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation, HexaGroup, CANON USA, Olympus Corporation, American General Corporation, Southwestern Bell, and Charter Bank.


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