SLCC, Sixth-Graders Reveal ‘Beloved Community’ Photo Exhibit

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SLCC's School of Arts, Communication and Media sponsored the photography project that taught students about Martin Luther King Jr.'s idea of "beloved community."

Sixth-grade students at Whittier Elementary School take part in the "Beloved Community" photography project, sponsored by Salt Lake Community College's School of Arts, Communication and Media.

Sixth-grade students at Whittier Elementary School take part in the "Beloved Community" photography project, sponsored by Salt Lake Community College's School of Arts, Communication and Media.

The participating students’ photography truly celebrates their cherished connections to the people and places in their own neighborhoods.

Salt Lake Community College instructors recently collaborated with sixth-grade students from Whittier Elementary to create an exhibit of photos that reflect Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “beloved community.” Sponsored by the SLCC School of Arts, Communication and Media, the exhibit will open to the public for the first time Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. with a reception at SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, in the George S. & Delores Doré Eccles Art Gallery.

“The Beloved Community project provided a great opportunity to bring SLCC faculty together with local students to celebrate art, vision and community,” said Josh Elstein, coordinator for SLCC’s Center for Arts and Media. “The participating students’ photography truly celebrates their cherished connections to the people and places in their own neighborhoods.”

The exhibit will remain open to the public Feb. 24 to March 2 during normal business hours, featuring more than 50 original prints by the students. King popularized the phrase “beloved community” to represent his vision for societies to embrace notions of cooperation, unity and connection. A grant from SLCC’s Office of Government and Community Relations funded the purchase of digital cameras used by the students. SLCC faculty members Whitney Hyans and Elisa Stone provided students with lessons about King’s vision and the photography techniques they would need before searching for inspiration on what to document in their own communities.

SLCC’s Center for Arts and Media is a state-of-the-industry facility with 130,000 square feet of additional space at its South City Campus, 1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City. World-class features include a 2,000 square-foot television studio and control room, a 3,000 square-foot film stage, a 36-seat screening room, three MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) classrooms, 22 editing bays, an animation lab, radio station and a recording studio with 64 channels for collaboration in as many locations throughout the building. The new center, which is physically connected to Innovations High School, serves an estimated 9,000 students and brings together 17 programs under one roof for SLCC’s School of Arts, Communication and Media.

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