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Fall 2021 Educator Lab: Peer Exchange In The Park

Produced and Hosted by Photoville Education

Proudly supported in partnership by PhotoWings and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment

Presenters: Wendy Barrales Jacqueline Du Caitlin Gibbons Leigh Klonsky Brenna McLaughlin Ben Russell

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1

Number 19 on the official photoville map

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Presented by:

  • Photoville
  • PhotoWings
  • NYC Media & Entertainment

As educators, we know and experience the power of photography and storytelling in our classrooms. For our students, photography can be a tool for self-reflection or a tool for exploration. It can be a medium to tell their own narrative or to interrogate the world around them. It can be a practice for learning leadership, collaboration, and project management. With all these possibilities and so many ways to approach them, the Fall 2021 Educator Lab offers a space for peer teaching/learning exchange.


In this Educator Lab, you will hear from many arts educators who are exhibiting student work at the festival, as well as enjoy an artist-led tour of Photoville. Come away with new photo ideas and approaches to bring back to your classroom, or tools and reflection to deepen your practice. Join us for happy hour at the end of the event!


Photoville Educator Labs are professional development workshops for educators to be inspired, connect and collaborate on ways to bring visual storytelling into the classroom. The program is free and open to educators of all subjects and of all ages, but the content will be focused on middle school and high school art teachers working in the DOE and in community programs. 


All attendees will be subject to a COVID-19 safety screening and be required to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Please visit the FAQ page for more details.

Photoville will continue monitoring public health guidance to determine the suitable capacity, format and safety guidelines for this event.



Wendy Barralesdándoles sus flores (giving them their flowers)

Oral History Remix: Interview a notable community member to create an intergenerational multimedia project.


Jacqueline DuIn Our Eyes

Self & Community: Photo activities for middle school students to reflect and build their personal and community identity.


Caitlin Gibbons, Small Details

Collaborative Curation: Work with students from start to finish to conceptualize, curate and produce an exhibition.


Yael Glick, System Error

Investigating Issues: Interview activists and critically think about a social justice issue.


Natalia Guerrero and Lion’s Tooth Project youthLEGACY

Connect, Dream & Re-Imagine: Storytelling and story-making honoring legacy, ancestry, and collective wisdom as queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and POC young people.


Leigh Klonsky“An Incredible Freedom”

Framing Theme/Quote: Examine an artist quote to facilitate independent, student-centered personal projects


Brenna McLaughlinTeaching Creativity

Video Artist Statements: Craft a personal statement about your process and your art


Ben Russell, Teaching Creativity

Family Stories: Prompt students to look towards their family & culture with fresh and creative eyes.

Presenter Bios

  • Wendy Barrales

    Wendy Barrales is a Harlem-based artist, educator, and founder of the WOCArchive. As a Xicana from the L.A. area and proud daughter of formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants, her work seeks to write and paint her ancestors and her histories into existence.

  • Jacqueline Du

    Jacqueline Du has been a visual arts educator in New York City for over 10 years, working in all five boroughs with young people to strengthen individual confidence, deepen community care, and cultivate joy through the practice of art-making. She holds a BFA in visual arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and an M.A. in art education from the City College of New York, CUNY.

  • Caitlin Gibbons

    Caitlin Gibbons is an art educator whose love of photography began at age 9 while working with her grandfather. She currently works in Brooklyn, New York at Digital Art and Cinema Technology High School, where she has taught art and filmmaking for the past four years. She holds a master’s in art education from New York University, and has over nine years of education experience. Prior to her work in education, Gibbons served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda, developing a community program funded by the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA) that still runs today. When not teaching, she continues to develop her art practice, focusing on independent documentary projects.

  • Leigh Klonsky

    Leigh Klonsky is an artist and an art teacher, teaching art in the New York City public school system for almost 20 years. Since 2007 she has taught Digital Art & Photography to middle and high school students at East Side Community School in the Lower East Side. She also runs the East Side Photo Program, an after school intensive program for dedicated photography students.

  • Brenna McLaughlin

    Brenna McLaughlin is a photographer and educator, currently teaching at the High School of Art and Design—a Career & Technical Education (CTE) school located in Manhattan, New York. She believes the camera is an essential pedagogical instrument, and a way to tell inventive stories by empowering young people to share their perspectives of the world. The CTE model is an incredible way to bring the real world directly into the classroom. McLaughlin believes art can help foster conversations to be an advocacy tool for stories that matter. She advocates for the photography industry to become a more balanced and diverse community. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Ben Russell

    After over 30 years as a freelance commercial photographer working for corporate, editorial, and nonprofit clients, Ben Russell started a second career as a high school art teacher. He teaches visual art, black and white film photography, and digital photography at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City. Russell also teaches at the International Center of Photography and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

    For more information about Photoville visit,

  • PhotoWings


    We’re honored to continue our partnership with Photoville for our 8th consecutive year, and to celebrate Photoville’s 13th edition!  Each year Photoville provides so many rich, unique, and diverse experiences in and around photography–PhotoWings is thrilled to help enrich this community as Education Partners.

    Our mission is to highlight and help facilitate the power of photography to influence the world. We help photography to be better understood, created, utilized, seen, and saved. We are dedicated to utilizing the power of photography to further deep thinking, communication, and action.

    The PhotoWings Outreach Program and our extensive media archive have myriad educational applications and possibilities, including projects from partners that cross disciplines, generations, and cultures. We also create toolkits/curricula for replication, adaptation and/or inspiration.

    PhotoWings has partnered to document the Photoville Talks for the past five years, to expand the ways the global community can be a part of these important dialogues. Explore the collection of Photoville Talks today!

    Be sure to check out all the Photoville Resources that have been supported in partnership with PhotoWings

    And for more information about PhotoWings, you can visit


  • NYC Media & Entertainment

    NYC Media & Entertainment

    The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s mission is to support and strengthen New York City’s creative economy and make it accessible to all. In 2019, the creative industries accounted for more than 500,000 local jobs and have an economic impact of $150 billion annually. MOME comprises five divisions: the Film Office, which coordinates on location production throughout the five boroughs; NYC Media, the city’s official broadcast network and production group; the Office of Nightlife, which supports the city’s nighttime economy; the Press Credentials Office, which issues press cards; and Programs and Initiatives to advance industry and workforce development across NYC’s creative sectors.

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