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#ThisIsBaltimore

On April 28, 2015 – a day after Baltimore made headlines around the world for its collective response to the death of Freddie Gray – Wide Angle Youth Media students and staff were compelled to use their documentary skills to project positive images of Baltimore youth. Over the past year, Wide Angle Youth Media collected photographs at spring protests and through workshops at schools, libraries and organizations in more than 15 neighborhoods. The result is this compilation of youth produced photographs that show a city filled with hope, vitality and resilience.  This online publication is free for anyone to view, and over 200 hardcover copies of this book have been delivered to participating workshop sites, students, donors, community members, and a selection of local universities and libraries.


In addition to the book release, students in Wide Angle Youth Media’s advanced high school production program, the Mentoring Video Project, have created 9 audio stories reflecting on a memory from the past year.

Last spring, media producers across the world – many of whom had never before set foot in the city – flocked to Baltimore to cover its unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. In the wake of this activity, I felt urgent pride in the work happening at Wide Angle Youth Media (Wide Angle). While many media organizations were portraying the city in a negative light, Wide Angle was empowering students to continue sharing their stories with greater context.

In the months that followed, I challenged my students to think about what role they played in taking ownership of their narratives. Each student’s perspective and outlook on their surrounding environment is a reflection of their individual experiences in Baltimore. Students discussed in what ways the media failed to share highlights across the city beyond Freddie Gray and protests. And while we continued to reflect on the significance of the events of April 2015, we also began sharing personal momentums and achievements that added to Baltimore’s history in 2015. From winning a sports tournament to identity conflicts during the protests to attending anime conventions — these small moments represent a larger image of how its youth are participating in and contributing to the city’s lifeline.

Based on these discussions, Wide Angle producers from the Mentoring Video Project produced a collection of events that impacted them throughout the year. They reflect on the larger community values and records, that cannot be replaced with big media. – Mawish Raza, MVP Lead Instructor

TUNE IN TO THE MENTORING VIDEO PROJECT MEMORY BANK HERE

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Support for This Is Baltimore has been made possible by: Baltimore Community Foundation’s Rebuilding Baltimore Fund, Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland Humanities Council’s Humanities Fund for Baltimore, Maryland Public Television, Maryland State Arts Council, MurthyNAYAK Foundation, and Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Over 150 students, staff, community members, and volunteers also helped bring this project to life.

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Interested in purchasing a hardcover book of your own? E-mail info@wideanglemedia.org.

Posted March 15th, 2016 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Uncategorized by waym
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Check it out: Final Films from the Robotic Video Workshop!

These short films were created through a special Youth Speaks Out program in the summer of 2015, providing youth ages 10-15 with free media education in their own community.

 

Special Thanks to:

  • Constellation Energy for supporting this workshop and the Lego Robotic Kits.
  • The Pratt Contemporaries for supporting the purchases of new iPads for programming robots and for fall workshops.
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation for supporting our Youth Speaks Out! Program
  • The employees of Constellation for volunteering their time and energy.
Posted August 4th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Mark Your Calendars!

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Join us on Tuesday, June 16th for our annual end of year High School Closing Ceremony!

We’ll be setting up special stations throughout our newly renovated office space for family and community members to check out student media projects from The Mentoring Video Project and the Attendance and Design Team. This is your chance to chat behind the scenes with our talented youth producers about their incredible media projects!

 

Posted June 9th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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The Twilight Phone

There is a future that is destined for society. It is a future that revolves around a single inanimate object that does a lot, but does very little. It keeps users in touch with everybody, but no one. It keeps eyes down and causes poor posture. It is the middle ground between reality and cyberspace. This is our future. It is an area which we call the Twilight Phone.

This video was created by participants in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at the Patterson Park Public Charter School.

Youth Producers:
Joelle Barnes, Bethel Crouse, Markell Foster, Brianna Hoyt-Cooper, Lill Hoyt-Copper, Amaris Johnson, Antonio Johnson, Tayvon Lane, Ryan Lee, Jaimira Parran, Joy Sanders, Ty’Quan Smith, Avery Stewart, Dassan Thomas, Darrin Yancey, Kelly Zamudio-Rosales

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Video by waym
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Celebrity Camouflage: Are Celebrities Role Models?

In Spring 2015, middle school students from Wide Angle’s Baltimore Speaks Out! program at the Reisterstown Road branch of the Enoch Pratt Library examined the influence celebrities have on kids. Youth Producers: Chatier Fleming, Brittni Kennedy, Aiyanah Muhammad, Jannah Muhammad, N’Dera Muhammad, Seti Norris, and Leila Petku.

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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A Letter

In Spring 2015, middle school students from Wide Angle’s Baltimore Speaks Out! program at the Herring Run branch of The Enoch Pratt Library System explored the importance of security for youth across the nation.

Youth Producers: Mikayla Curtis, Khloe Ellis, Don Egeonu. Assistant Youth Producers: Alise Little, Corey Williams, Anthony Revel, Sam Mark, Kelis Jackson, Charles Glenn, Keith Glenn, Dianna Scott, Deanna Scott and Nachelle Moore.

Music:
“Whispering Through” by Asura
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“Like Bacon Sundays” by Luc
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Posted May 7th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

In Fall 2014, middle school students from Wide Angle’s Baltimore Speaks Out! program at the Herring Run branch of The Enoch Pratt Library System explored the impact of materialism and consumerism on young people.

Youth Producers: Mikayla Z. Curtis, Don C. Egeonu, Nisha C. Jackson, Samuel I. Mark, Kiyanah A. Molenar, Nachelle A. Moore, Nickole Moore, Oluwasefunmi Oluwafemi, Ayooluwakiitan Oluwafemi, Destianey E. Jenkins, Mykayla D. Taylor, Corey T. Williams. Assistant Youth Producers: Danira T. Bernard, Brandon M. Grimes Jr., Trinity Michelle Mcinnis, Aiyonna Mary Mcinnis, Tikiyah Denise Molenar, Delroy I. Richardson, Charles Thomas, Keith Thomas, Jessica P. Wilson.

Posted May 7th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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A Teen’s Dream

Ricardo Amparo, a senior in Baltimore City and Youth Producer for our Mentoring Video Project, shares his views for a healthier, happier city for young people in Baltimore. Made in partnership with DB Productions and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a workshop at TED2015.

Originally debuted online here: rwjf.org/en/culture-of-health/2015/03/a_ted_dare_here_sr.html

 

Posted May 7th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Munching on Lunch

This video was created by participants in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at the Patterson Park Public Charter School. Youth producers researched where cafeteria food comes from, federal standards for student meals, and explored ideas on how to keep the food both healthy and tasty.

A special “Thank You!” also goes out to all of the dedicated staff at Patterson Park Public Charter School and Baltimore City Public Schools who provide food and nutrition services to students and who helped to contribute to this video. We appreciate your positive attitudes, hard work, and diligence in ensuring that students are fed healthy, delicious meals every day!

Posted February 12th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

In the Fall of 2014, middle school students from Wide Angle’s Baltimore Speaks Out! program at the Herring Run branch of The Enoch Pratt Library System explored the impact of materialism and consumerism on young people.

Posted February 9th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized, Video by waym