Montgomery Transforms Campus with Giant Photos

Montgomery Elementary Transforms Campus with Giant Photos
Posted on 11/02/2018
Montgomery Elementary Principal Monica Ruiz poses next to her self-portrait alongside student posters.

Talk about a selfie. Montgomery Elementary recently transformed building exteriors into canvasses for the photographic arts with oversized student portraits. Nearly 100 students and staff participated in taking oversized black-and-white photos, which were then used as posters to activate exterior campus walls. The portraits were taken in a photobooth truck and affixed to the walls with wheatpaste.

The temporary installation reflected a bold, visual statement about the school’s commitment to leveraging the arts for educational equity. The Montgomery event was developed in collaboration with the Inside Out Project and Turnaround Arts: California. Inside Out challenges participants to use large-scale black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.

“These amazing opportunities create an emotive reason for students to engage in the arts, which research has demonstrated to significantly promote academic achievement. Collaborating with Turnaround Arts: California, and the contribution of the Inside Out Project, now more than ever provides our students with the opportunities to make their indelible mark within their Montgomery community and beyond,” shared Principal Monica Ruiz.

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