Music as Artifact, as a Family Heirloom... No Wahala (It’s all good)

Inspired by the exhibition No Wahala, It’s All Good: A Spiritual Cypher Within the Hip-Hop Diaspora presented at Photoville from September 12 – 22, 2019.
Lesson Overview

Students will be asked to look at the music traditions in their own lives and document them using various photography equipment and approaches. Students will use the subject of music as a way of beginning a conversation with a family member, whom they will interview and create a photo essay about.

Photograph by Adama Delphine Fawundu

Learning Objectives
  • Connect to music as a family artifact
  • Interview a family member to understand the story behind the music
  • Photograph a family member and musical experience using elements of photographic composition and technique
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This lesson plan was created during United Photo Industries’ Spring 2019 Teacher Professional Development Day at the Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA. Many thanks to PhotoWings for supporting UPI Education!


Adama Delphine Fawundu, Tyrone Brown-Osborne, Ronda Johnson, Jorge Castro, Jacqueline Du, and Brenna McLaughlin


Brenna McLaughlin

Featuring photography by

Adama Delphine Fawundu

Grade Level

6th – 12th grade


Photography, Music, Social Studies, Journalism

Time Required

4 – 5 class sessions

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