In October of 2008 over 200 students of all ages joined together to document the economic, educational and cultural transformation occurring in Oak Park, Sacramento’s oldest suburb. The cameras used ranged from high end digital to plastic film cameras from the Dollar Store. Many of the students were from the neighborhood. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., more than 20,000 pictures were made. More important, though, were the connections made.
To edit the images, students and teachers joined together. Their goal was to represent as many students as possible, while showing the strengths and diversity of the community. Eighty-eight images are included in this exhibition.
The idea for this project came from a Cosumnes River College photography student, Maria Dickerson. She had originally organized a 2004 event in Oak Park, where most students shot film. In 2009, the project moved to North Sacramento, focusing on Del Paso Boulevard. On that day, nearly 800 students participated some using recycled digital point and shoot cameras. In 2008, Maria decided to incorporate her vision, with the goal to empower, highlight, and encourage underserved and at-risk youth, teens, and communities through the art of photography. This is accomplished by bringing youth, teens, volunteers, supporters, student photographers, and professional photographers from outside of an area together with a community that is in need of shattering stereotypes and would not typically receive recognitions.