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Flower City Arts Center: Studio 678 Photo Club

March 3–June 16, 2024, Gallery Obscura

Presented in the Gallery Obscura this spring will be creative works by students who are a part of the 2023–24 Flower City Arts Center’s Studio 678 Photo Club. These photographs and texts are inspired by the students’ vision of the world around them.

Started in 1999 as an eight-week pilot project, Studio 678 Photo Club is now an annual thirty-five-week after-school program, and in its twenty-sixth consecutive year. The program is offered free of charge to students in grades six through eight in the Rochester City School District.

Working with program mentors and volunteers, thirty participants in the fall of 2023 learned how to use a professional film camera and develop film. With these acquired skills, students took the lead on their art process from beginning to end. In a very hands-on creative journey, students practiced photography within the studio and around the community, as well as made their own black-and-white prints in a darkroom. Participants also wrote poems and stories to accompany their photographs, which were matted and framed by the museum’s exhibition team. Additionally, students worked in a digital lab to create a collaborative book of their images and writings, weaving together their narratives.

Through the camera and creative writing projects, Studio 678 Photo Club students have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their community and build connections. All of the projects in the program are designed to enhance knowledge of core school subjects, develop conceptual thinking skills, build confidence, and empower youth to express their vision and voice.

Poetry Readings with Studio 678

April 10, 11, 17, 18. 24 
4:30 pm, in Gallery Obscura 

Join us on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons throughout April to celebrate the photography and poetry of Rochester City School District students. Each week, different students from Studio 678 will read their poetry that accompanies their photograph in their exhibition in Gallery Obscura.

About Gallery Obscura

The museum's new Gallery Obscura space features exhibitions created or presented in collaboration with community institutions and school and youth programs, projects focused on Greater Rochester, and exhibitions from the collections that are thematically related to regional events or that support other museum initiatives and programming. 

Generously sponsored by Nocon & Associates 

Exhibition Proposal Submissions 

Please submit exhibition proposals for the Gallery Obscura to Gallery[email protected]. Proposals should briefly describe the project and include 6-10 sample images or links to moving media content. Because of the structure of exhibition scheduling, not all proposals can be considered. Single-artist and artist-organized exhibitions will not be considered.

About Flower City Arts Center

Flower City Arts Center is a community-based not-for-profit organization that educates, encourages, and inspires all people to create and enjoy the visual arts. Established in 1970, Flower City Arts Center offers classes and workshops for youths and adults with an emphasis on three areas: photography and digital arts, printmaking and book arts, and ceramics. It also provides exhibition spaces and facilities for studio artists. The center has an ongoing commitment to art for all people, and its programs are available to community members of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds.

Flower City Arts Center is an institutional member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Flowercityarts.org