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Literacy Through Photography

The FotoFest Learning Program

In 1987, FotoFest brought teacher and photographer Wendy Ewald and her innovative photography education project to the Children’s Museum in Houston. Wendy Ewald achieved great success using photography to stimulate children to take pictures and write about their lives and dreams.

In 1990, FotoFest expanded the project to public schools and 1,000 Houston Independent School District children. Teacher and student response was enthusiastic and led to establishing Literacy Through Photography as a permanent program. In 1991, FotoFest hired teacher and poet David Brown as full-time education director to create a full-year curriculum that modified the Ewald program. 

LTP has grown form a pilot project to a full-scale, integrated photography and writing literacy program that can be used with many different grade levels and core classroom subjects. The photography lessons in LTP can be used with both film-based and digital equipment. Each photo activity is accompanied by writing exercises keyed to state-mandated language arts standards.

LTP looks forward to building new partnerships across Houston and beyond to deliver LTP inspired programs. Select partners over the years have included the Harris County Department of Education, KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Schools, Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), WITS (Writers in the Schools), Young Audiences of Houston, Project Row Houses, the Houston Independent School District and surrounding school districts. School districts across Texas and in Colorado, California, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and New Mexico have also used LTP. More than 30,000 students have benefited from the Literacy Through Photography program. >

Literacy Through Photography Staff

Emily Areta, Program and Curriculum Manager, Literacy Through Photography
713.223.5522 ext 11  |

Molly Blanchard, Director of Advancement, Literacy Through Photography
713.223.5522 ext 12  |
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