Unseenamerica is a free curriculum-based arts initiative committed to giving underserved youth and teens a voice within their community. Students take lessons in digital photography during the eight-week program, which culminates in a wide-reaching exhibition. The program has included 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students from Bayles Elementary as well as teens from Youth First Texas, now a program of the Resource Center, which serves lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
Unseenamerica is modeled on a program that originated in New York under the Bread and Roses, the cultural arm of the largest labor union in the country. Exhibitions have traveled throughout the community, including schools, churches, libraries and galleries. Through the guidance of a professional photographer and the lens of donated cameras, this inspiring collection of photographs serves as testimony to the unseen lives of the participants.
This program is currently underway at Bayles Elementary for ten 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. It will culminate in an exhibition of their work in the spring of 2017.