Hampden Showcases Youth Media

The arts event offers youth age 16 and over an opportunity to register to vote.
On Wednesday July 16 at 7:00 p.m., the Hampden Family Center will showcase the results of a media project involving young people in the community. Local organizations have been helping Hampden youth develop public messages by using new tools like video production, photography and painting to visualize neighborhood projects. The artists and media makers will be on hand to present the results of their work.

Attractions include the local premiere of the documentary "Skate Here," in which Teenagers from Learning, Inc. worked with Wide Angle Community Media to show that skateboarding is a positive sport. They hope their voice will help advocate for a neighborhood skate park.

Middle school students who worked with Greater Homewood Community Corp., Robert Poole Middle School, Roosevelt Recreation Center, and Learning Inc. will showcase their group mural depicting positive aspects of their community.

There will also be a discussion of the photographic billboard on the corner of Falls Road & 36th Street, and view a slide show of photos created by youngsters ages 10-14 from the Hampden Family Center. They worked with Youthlight to design and create a collaborative billboard encouraging people to clean up the streets.

After the students present their projects, audience members will have a chance to ask questions of the youth producers and their sponsoring organizations.

The event will also highlight the opportunity young people now have to influence those in power. Those age 16 and older will be able to vote for the first time in the upcoming Primary Election.

This evening event, and the projects leading up to it, is a collaboration of Greater Homewood Community Corp., The Hampden Family Center, Learning Inc., Robert Poole Middle School, Roosevelt Recreation Center, Wide Angle Community Media and Youthlight.

The organizers expressed appreciation to Comcast, the Mayor’s Office, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts.

Hampden Family Center is at 1104 West 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211. Admission to the event is $1.00 or a canned good.

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This story was published on July 13, 2003.