Teens Tell Us
wrk x fmly Student Photography Awards 2017-2018
When it comes to the story of work and family, teens have the inside scoop.
Photography students in high schools across the country shared their honest, poetic, and sometimes audacious perspectives on the overlap of work and family as participants in the wrk x fmly program.
Their photographic journeys are both deeply personal and a key chapter in the evolving narrative about work-and-family life in the United States. What does the impact of work on family—and vice versa—look like through the eyes of young people who are embedded observers of family dynamics, caregiving roles, and the echoes of everyday workplace pressures and pleasures?
This school year, over 950 student photographers examined this deeply personal and challenging topic with the support of teachers and photo-facilitators, guided by an adaptable curriculum aligned with Common Core standards. They submitted over 2,000 photographs for consideration for wrk x fmly Awards of Excellence.
“I guess I never knew what my parents were doing for their jobs, not just their careers, but also taking care of us. Now I can understand them better.”
— YOKKI C., participating student.
Curators Geoffrey Biddle and Trudy Wilner Stack reviewed works from 49 photo classes in 23 schools across 8 states. The outstanding images they selected for Awards of Excellence are now available online to the public for the first time in the program’s five-year history.
Working Assumptions values the important perspectives that young people from diverse communities contribute to the work-and-family multi-faceted story. The wrk x fmly project is eager to share their individual experiences, which bring forward wide-ranging and fluid definitions of what family is. There is no one picture that can capture the complexity of the work-and-family dynamic in our 24/7, 21st-century lives.
Through wrk x fmly, Working Assumptions seeks to validate student voices and encourage meaningful conversations about work-and-family life, today and for the next generation.
Working Assumptions thanks all the students who participated in the wrk x fmly program this year, as well as teachers who led the assignment and photo-facilitators —all practicing artists— who coached students throughout their project.
To learn more about the wrk x fmly assignment and how you can participate, please click here or contact Barbara Filion, associate director for program development and partnerships at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All images copyright of student photographers.
Participating schools and teachers are:
Centaurus High School, Lafayette, CO
Charles O. Dewey M.S. 136, Brooklyn, NY
Dawson High School, Lafayette, CO
DeKalb High School, Waterloo, IN
Eastside Community School, New York, NY
Framingham High School, Framingham, MA
High School of Fashion Industries, New York, NY
Humanitas Academy of Art and Technology, Los Angeles, CA
La Cañada High School, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Lincoln High School, San Francisco, CA
McCallum High School, Austin, TX
Paschal High School, Fort Worth, TX
Poudre High School, Fort Collins, CO
Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Salem High School, Salem, MA
Southwest High School, Fort Worth, TX
St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul, MN
Tobin Fine Arts School at Saint Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX
Trimble Tech High School, Fort Worth, TX
Ursuline Academy, Dallas, TX
Westlake High School, Thornwood, NY