Preteens: Agents of Change!

Mission:
Bring about positive change, awareness and unity to the community and beyond.
Location:
Bronx, NY & The Globe!
Agents:
Agent Faith
Agent Eboni
Agent Ashley
Agent Preston
Agent Mason
Agent Ricardo
Agent Tyler
Agent Lyasaia
Welcome to the fall semester with the ICP at THE POINT Tuesday preteen class! We are Agents of Change. On Tuesday afternoons we meet in the Lair (our black-and-white darkroom) to discuss the world around us. Our Lair is a safe place for the Agents to meet up and figure out how we can be a part of the conversation to implement and inspire changes, and to bring awareness of issues important to us to the rest of our community.
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The Agents posing in front of the entrance to The Lair. Credit: Ruby Tull, ICP Teaching Assistant

We have begun the discussion with observation. What are things we see and do everyday? We see our schools, our families, and cars on the street, trains, and even litter. Some of the things we do are play with a camera, play video games, and put on our shoes to go out. At first some of these things may not seem connected. But we will discover how everyone and everything is connected. Some of our Agents have traveled outside of the city.
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Agent Ashley discussing work of previous Agents. Credit: Ruby Tull

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Agent Ashley taking a close look at the composition of the photograph. Credit: Ruby Tull

Agent Faith says here at home she noticed bodegas on every corner, but on a trip to Florida stores were so far away. This is something she loves about the city and wouldn’t want to change. There is a familiarity and ease to being able to go corner to corner and know your local store owners and employees, and be able to find just what you are looking for. Lots of the Agents pointed out that in other places you have to drive almost everywhere. This brought to our attention the importance of a stable public transportation system that is kept running by the many people who rely on its function.
There was even talk of the September 11th Memorial. Our agents weren’t born when the events of this day occurred but they have all been affected by it and shared stories that have been shared with them by their families.
We have only just begun! Mission: Change Awareness Unity, engaged!
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Agent Tyler working on the theme of the day, “getting to know people.,” in front of the work by JR. Credit: Ruby Tull

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Agent Faith happily at work. Credit: Ruby Tull

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Agent Preston using his camera to document issues in his community. Credit: Ruby Tull

As we looked at much of the work of photographer JR, we would like to leave you with a quote we found most relevant. “Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change the perception. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an energy. Actually, the fact that art cannot change things makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions and then enables it to change the world.” -JR
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Agents prepare for their first day in The Lair (the darkroom). Credit: Ruby Tull

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ICP Faculty Isabel Figueroa, the Agents’ Leader, leading the agents into The Lair. Credit: Ruby Tull

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ICP Teaching Assistant Roy Baizan, a High Ranking Officer for the Agents, gets the Agents familiar with their tools. Credit: Ruby Tull

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Director Isabel leading a lesson for the Agents on the printing process inside The Lair (aka the darkroom). Credit: Ruby Tull

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