Welcome to The Aperture Project! We are an organization that is devoted to creating a more cooperative peaceful society. It is no secret that our world is filled with conflict, distrust and prejudice; all you have to do is turn on the TV or pull up your favorite news website to see exactly how bad things are. We are not promising to bring about world peace, but we do believe that if we can get young people to connect based on what they share in common versus how they are different
The Aperture Scavenger is a historic based photo scavenger hunt & community building event for youth ages 8 and up. Fulfilling our secondary mission of connecting young people to their community, The Aperture Scavenger gets young people out and about exploring the rich history of their neighborhoods through the lens of a camera. Held in different communities throughout the year, the format of The Aperture Scavenger is one in which participants will be given a list of visual and written clues directing them to various historical and notable locations around their community. These clues include factual tidbits as wells as historical photos providing them the opportunity to learn about and connect with their community in a fun and creative way. Read More
TAP Connects is a photo workshop focusing on basic photography and story-telling skills. As a part of this workshop, we assign our participants a photo journalistic style assignments of their lives using common denominator themes in which all young people can relate regardless of their gender, culture, race, socioeconomic status, abilities or disabilities etc..
We will then exchange those assignments among participants allowing them to get to know one another in a manner that highlights what they share in common versus how they are different in the hopes that they will begin to understand that we as a human race share a common narrative. Read More
Free In-school photography workshops taught by professionals As a part of our outreach efforts, The Aperture Project will offer a limited number of free photography workshops to schools in areas in which we operate. These workshops will supplement their existing art program and will be focused on helping young people build confidence to explore their worlds using photography. Allowing them to creatively express themselves without the fear attached to what, for many parents and teachers, can be quite a technical subject. Children have a unique visual awareness and a natural excitement about using photography. They are not held back by adult constraints while capturing the world around them. Consequently, we use very simple techniques to show them what they are capable of doing in the camera rather than with software. After all, it is much more fun getting out and taking pictures than it is sitting inside on a computer. Read More