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Baltimore United Viewfinders

  • Baltimore United Viewfinders
  • 814 N. Collington Ave
  • Baltimore, MD 21205

Program Description

Baltimore United Viewfinders is a youth driven organization using the arts to explore their own definition of self and place.

MISSION:

To foster the leadership potential of young people as social entrepreneurs producing multimedia arts for community action and income.

PROGRAM GOALS:

CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

Build a strong sense of personal/communal awareness and identity.

Investigate and combat intrinsic and extrinsic cultural biases by developing new perspectives about themselves and their community.

Peer-to-peer skill-sharing between and amongst the Senior and Junior Viewfinders provides facilitation, teaching and mentorship experience and leadership development.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

Community "voice" through public dialogue and exchange.

Action initiatives designed and implemented utilizing art as a tool for creative change.

Public events in which all partner organizations celebrate their work, thereby instilling pride and accomplishment.

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Photography: schools, styles and strategies for conveying ideas, information and feelings, including aperture settings, shutter speed, white balance, etc.

Videography: short format editing, directing/managing shots, writing, story-boarding, etc.

Stop animation and motion graphics, Adobe Photoshop and other digital and graphic design applications.

ENTREPRENEURISM

Investigate larger benefits of a community arts program as they relate to economic demands of their neighborhood.

Acquire and practice business skills sets via mentorship by local business leaders.

Develop business plans supporting earned income strategies and related initiatives.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • Community service/service hours
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring

Demographics

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 15
  • Middle School: 20
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

First-Generation

  • Less than 25%