Photoville Educator Labs

For educators who want to bring photography and visual storytelling into the classroom, join us for free one-day professional development workshops.
Practice tools for using photography in the classroom

Learn strategies to use photography for students to practice literacy, analysis, and critical thinking skills.

Collaborate with photographers and journalists

Work directly with artists to develop visual storytelling-based lesson plans.

Network with teachers across disciplines

Brainstorm and collaborate with teachers across the city and across disciplines. Enjoy a meal and happy hour with your colleagues!

They can be downloaded from our Education Resources page.

Photoville Educator Labs are produced in partnership with PhotoWings.

Explore projects and methods to inspire your students to create art that is collaborative and community-based.


This Educator Lab will take place across two sessions, during which you will hear from working artists and young people who practice photography in this way. You will also collaborate with other educators to workshop ideas on how to practice community-engaged art with your students.


Featuring: Sol Aramendi (Project Luz); Alyssa Garcia (Las Fotos Project); Glo Jackson (Spectrum: Diversity within the disabled community); Tonika Johnson (Folded Map Project); Zac Martin and Jasmin Chang (Community Heroes).

Saturday March 20, 4pm–6pm EST
Thursday March 25, 4pm–6pm EST

Kisha Bari, photographer - I feel it’s so incredible that the work that I’ve done has just been turned into a workshop for middle school and high school kids. That’s everything I ever do my work for. If we are not teaching our youth to stand up for their own rights, and the rights of marginalized people around them, then this work is for naught. So to watch teachers do their thing with my work, it was so impressive to see this lesson come to fruition.

Carla Rice, The New LIFE School - I’m a social worker in a special ed school, using a lot of creative stuff to do social and emotional work. It’s often me doing my own thing. This is exactly the environment of people doing the things that I want to do

Anna Knutson, MS 839 - We saw people who were doing thrilling work outside the classroom, but it only made me more excited to go back to my classroom because I feel that connection and it feels like a more authentic way to bridge that gap than probably anything I’ve ever done before.

Past Educator Labs

Fall 2020
October 24, 2020

Featuring Haiti to Hood (Daveed Baptiste), Liam’s World (Erin Lefevre), Value (Mz. Icar), The Power of Telling Your Own Story (Josue Rivas)

Fall 2019
September 21, 2019

Featuring Waterkeeper Warriors (Waterkeeper Alliance), #Thisis18 (The New York Times), Typecast (Griselda san Martin and Haruka Sakaguchi), No Wahala, it’s all Good (Adama Delphine Fawundu), and the Player’s Tribune

Spring 2019 — LA
May 4, 2019

Featuring Shaping a Dialogue for Change (Lluvia Higuera), Women in the American West (Women Photograph: Arlene Mejorado and Bethany Mollenkof), There is only one Paul R. Williams (Janna Ireland), Clubhouse Turn (Michele Asselin)

Spring 2019
March 28, 2019

Featuring Blackbirds (Idris Solomon), Host (Unhee Park), The Wall (Griselda San Martin), As Usual (Brooke DiDonato)

Fall 2018
October 30, 2018

Featuring cit.i.zen.ship (NYU Tisch), Altar (MFON), North Shore (Gareth Smit), Life after Life in Prison (Sara Bennett), Souls of (Makeba Rainey)

Spring 2018
April 26, 2018

Featuring Block Party (Anderson Zaca), Kin (Emily Schiffer), Sanctuary (Cinthya Santos Briones), Documenting Detroit (Alan Chin)

Fall 2017
October 12, 2017

Featuring Living in the City (NYC Municipal Archives), Finding Home (Pulitzer Center), ReSisters: Behind the Scenes of the Women’s March (Kisha Bari), Newest Americans (Tim Raphael), Contact High (Vikki Tobak)