Opening Reception: I Dream of Me

I Dream of Me was a pilot project conducted at AL Stanback Middle School in collaboration with FRANK Gallery Community Outreach Programs, Chapel Hill’s Volunteers for Youth, and the Family Success Alliance. It was designed to work with middle school children, addressing the issues of identity, self-expression, and culture. Emphasis for the young teens was placed on sharing their stories and using photography as an impetus to create art collages to express their strengths and dreams for the future.

The extended curriculum is designed by Barbara Tyroler and adapted from the book, A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life, Self-Reflection Using Photography, Art, and Writing, by Ramsay and Sweet. A team of social workers, community educators, and artists work with young teens to create art incorporating photographic self-portraits. As the students work on the project, they are asked to consider family, roots, culture, who they are, how they present themselves to each other for affirmation and validation, and ultimately how they find meaning and contribution. The project culminates in a final public exhibition and reception for their peers, family members, and local schools. An education forum for community workers is created to discuss issues considered relevant.

A Creative Partnership with

The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Program of the FRANK Gallery

AL Stanback Quicksilver Middle School Afterschool Program with Stanback Social Worker Aviva Scully and art teacher Wesley Barnhouse

Volunteers for Youth, Director Susan Worley

Family Success Alliance, Amber Majors, Master’s candidate UNC School of Social Work

Artists Educators Hollie Taylor Novak and Barbara Tyroler