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.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Brenna McLaughlin

The Real and Surreal

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza

The photography students’ approach in “The Real and the Surreal” strives to ignite a sense of wonder and curiosity in the hearts of all who engage with the work, hoping to spark dialogue on the transformative power of art and the endless possibilities it offers for escape, introspection, and renewal.

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Teaching Creativity: Making Art In A Pandemic

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 3
 archive : 2021

Teachers at two New York City public high schools share work made by their students during the pandemic. Students turned their lenses inward and made work exploring domestic life—sharing their photography with family and friends during this challenging school year.

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Teaching Creativity: A Case for Art Education

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 1
 archive : 2020

We wish to highlight the work of the New York City Department of Education arts educators. By exhibiting our student’s works, we hope to add to the conversation on education policy, and shout out that: ART EDUCATION IS A NECESSARY RIGHT FOR ALL STUDENTS!

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Identity and Fashion

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2019

Our exhibition features large prints–collaborations between our Fashion Design and Photography students, which include statements about the creative process.

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Telling a story and selling an idea: Teaching Creativity

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

The students’ work exhibited here centers around telling a story (HSFI) and selling an idea (Art & Design). Students who were juniors and seniors during the 2017-2018 school year will be present to show their work and discuss their relationships with their teachers and fellow students.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Brenna McLaughlin

Sep 182021

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

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Sep 292013

Photography Shaping Communities

In this panel, students from the program in Brownsville and Red Hook will present their photographs from the summer followed by a conversation about participatory photography, and ways that photography can be used to address social justice issues in the community.

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