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This spring, students from neighborhood across Brooklyn, New York were able to participate in the digital photography program that centered on identity and their perspective on the world around them. The goals of this program were to empower participants to develop their personal voice as artists, teach participants to explore the power of visual imagery, and introduce participants to industry professionals to learn what it means to pursue photography as a career. The JustArts: Photography Program was presented by the Red Hook Community Justice Center in partnership with Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn Arts Council and United Photo Industries. This program was made possible, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with additional support from the New York City Council, the Robin Hood Foundation and Red Hook Labs. This project employs professional photographers to teach participants photography skills and engage students through a series of workshops, class critiques, and field trips, all culminating in a final exhibition. Teaching Artists Lauren Henschel, a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow and Todd Drake of United Photo Industries, in collaboration with staff of the Red Hook Community Justice Center and Jimmy Moffat and Egle Mykolaityte of Red Hook Labs, facilitated these workshops in which students crafted images from their own unique perspectives.

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This book represents the collective work of the students over the arc of the program in which they explored topics of identity and community and set out to make their imprint in the photography world. The Red Hook Community Justice Center engages young people in a wide variety of strength-based programming informed by positive youth justice, which views young people as assets in their communities. Red Hook Labs is a public-benefit corporation which establishes arts education in public schools and community centers, provides accelerated skills training on its premises, and connects teens and young adults to internships and job opportunities in the creative industries. United Photo Industries works to promote a wider understanding and increase access to the art of photography. The Brooklyn Arts Council is a service organization dedicated to helping artists, arts organizations and community groups promote and sustain the arts. The Red Hook Community Justice Center would like to thank the following for making this program possible: New York State Council on the Arts Red Hook Labs Brooklyn Arts Council United Photo Industries Price Family Foundation Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow Program out of Duke University Robin Hood Foundation New York City Council


The Red Hook Community Justice Center was launched in June 2000 and is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. The Justice Center seeks to solve neighborhood problems as a coordinated response. At Red Hook, a single judge hears neighborhood cases from three police precincts (covering approximately 200,000 people) that, under ordinary circumstances, would go to three different Courts-Civil, Family, and Criminal. The courthouse is the hub for an array of unconventional programs that contribute to reducing fear and improving public trust in government. The Justice Center also works to connect at-risk, court involved and disconnected youth to strength-based programming including youth court, peer education programs and arts based programming such as the JustArts: Photography program. Red Hook Labs is a public-benefit corporation which establishes arts education in public schools and community centers, provides accelerated skills training on its premises, and connects teens and young adults to internships and job opportunities in the creative industries. RHL is comprised of four individual Labs: Studio, School, Gallery and Production. Each combine to make a truly dynamic and diverse space where the most talented emerging artists, alongside the most acclaimed, go to work, create, exhibit, teach, learn, collaborate, celebrate, employ and be employed.

United Photo Industries, a NY-based art-presenting organization, brings the photographic community together by presenting photography installations and events in unique locations off-the beaten path where the focus lies in content and is accessible to everyday people from all walks of life. Launched in 2011, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. Founded on the spirit, values, and actions of Lewis Hine, the Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program, a program of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, connects the talents of young documentarians with the resources and needs of organizations serving marginalized communities around the world. The Lewis Hine Documentary Fellows Program places Fellows with organizations seeking creative solutions to the specific problems faced by women, children, adolescents, and young adults in socially and economically disadvantaged areas.

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Brooklyn Arts Council’s Arts in Education (AIE) program provides a vast array of educational arts experiences for students, teachers, parents, and community members in digital, literary, performing, and visual arts. Our collaborative process allows for personalized programming, enriching hands-on experiences, and enhancing depth of knowledge. We instill skills and positive attitudes towards the arts that are designed to be retained for a lifetime.


Student Photographers (Work seen on page numbers noted below) Joseph Calle (9-10, 25, 39-40, 48) Cameron Fernandez (11, 12, 38, 47) Joseph Gibson (19-20, 29-30, 46) Elanie Jack (13-14, 17, 18, 49) Shelly Landral (5, 6, 31-32, 37, 50) Robert Lopez (27, 28, 53) Carlton Parkes (7, 8, 51) Angel Thomas (34, 35, 55) Josue Petion (21-22, 23-24, 33, 56) Trevor Torres (2-3, 15-16, 36, 54) Dalia Turner (Cover, 4-5, 41-42, 52) Teaching Artists Lauren Henschel Filmmaker/Photographer Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow

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Todd Drake Photographer United Photo Industries Teaching Assistant Diego Gomez Youth & Community Programs AmeriCorps Member Red Hook Community Justice Center Administrators Sabrina Carter Associate Director of Youth and Community Programs Red Hook Community Justice Center

Egle Mykolaityte Education Manager Red Hook Labs Philip Alexander Arts in Education Director Brooklyn Arts Council Sam Barzilay Creative Director United Photo Industries Book Design by Lauren Henschel and Todd Drake

For more information, contact Sabrina Carter at scarter@nycourts.gov


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I am the city.  

This spring, students from neighborhoods across Brooklyn, New York participated in a program that centered on identity, community and the wo...