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‘Photovoice’ empowers Special Ed students toward self-expression


‘Photovoice’ empowers Special Ed students toward self-expression

You’re invited to attend a photography exhibit on Thursday, May 10 featuring the work of special
education students from Centennial High School’s Transition II program.

The exhibit marks the culmination of a photography workshop where the students, who range in age from 18 to 22, learned how to use photographs to help express themselves. Local photographer Jen Vogus led the workshop, and taught students an artistic method called “Photovoice,” which utilizes the power of photography as an outlet to share details about the photographer’s life and perspectives that might be difficult for them to convey.

The workshop was made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Williamson County and the Brentwood/Franklin Women’s Service Club. Vogus helped the students learn image composition,
artistic technique and subject matter selection.

Vogus’ son was born with a rare condition that limits his verbal communication. She discovered that
photography helped him connect with the world. Vogus sent pictures of some of her son’s favorite activities with captions to school for him to show his teachers and peers.

“It gave him a voice to share his interests and all that he was capable of doing,” Vogus said. “Teachers
and other students were delighted to learn that Spiderman is his favorite superhero; that he takes riding lessons on a white horse named Lady; that he can hold his breath and swim down to the bottom of the pool; that he loves the thrill of the wildest rollercoasters; and that he gives his dad the biggest bear hugs of all.”

The “Able Voices: Sharing Who We Are Through Our Photographs” exhibit will be open 6:30 to 8 p.m. on May 10 at The Arc of Williamson County, 129 West Fowlkes Ave, Franklin.

For more information, contact Nan Zierden, president of the Arts Council of Williamson County, via
email at nanzierden@gmail.com or phone (615-727-3109).

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