A BOOK RELEASE PARTY AND EXHIBITION
A photograph projects on the screen and the students speak. They have their stories to tell. They speak of what they see and what they do not see, what they imagine, and what they know. These conversations echo diverse backgrounds and voices, yet are spoken as one.
This is the extraordinary collection of photographs spanning 10 years by students from the Out of Site Youth Arts Center.
The work of Out of Site is founded on a two-fold aspiration: to nurture student voices, helping students develop what they care about and how to articulate it; and to challenge the broader communities’ view of teens by seeking real-world projects and professional venues where youth voices can be heard and seen. Out of Site transforms the lives of low income/working class youth in San Francisco by offering free outside-of-school programs in visual and performing arts, as well as paid internships and youth leadership opportunities. Youth come to Out of Site from multiple public high schools for a chance to experiment in the arts and a place to be themselves: they find artistic training, new mediums for self-expression, and a diverse and supportive community.