Close to Our Community

While we’re always excited about what’s happening within our walls, we’re also committed to taking our love of photography and film out into the community, specifically into schools to spark that passion in the next generation. From exposing youth to the power of self-expression to launching projects that tackle the tough issues of today, our goal is to give back in a way that doesn’t check off a box, but that has a positive impact immediately and in the future. Simply based on the work created through our outreach programs, we like to think we’re achieving that goal.

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 Current and Upcoming Community Engagement Partners

CrossRoads Corporation
Grier Heights Community Center
Charlotte Teachers Institute
Charlotte Lit
The Possibility Project
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PAST PROJECTS /

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

In 2007, 36 Charlotte students traveled to New Orleans to document the Hurricane Katrina reconstruction effort with their cameras. By surveying the destruction and interviewing survivors, they were able to shape their own thoughts and feelings about the disaster.

VANISHING POINT

For this North Carolina-centric photography project, students from Olympic and Vance High Schools boarded a bus for an unforgettable journey across the state. Ultimately they created memorable pieces, all while making new friends in Currituck and Columbus Counties.

MY FAMILY, OUR STORIES

Using photography and film, students from high schools in the Charlotte area told their singular stories of family and immigration in this annual project. Participating schools included Vance, South Mecklenburg, East Mecklenburg, West Mecklenburg, and Hopewell High Schools.

SELF IMAGE

Through creating conceptual photographs and stop motion animations, students explored their own sense of identity, as well as the stereotypes they encounter on a daily basis.

EARTH EXCHANGE

The Light Factory empowered students to create compelling photographic art and poetry about the environment. During this artistic journey they tested water quality, saw a landfill, and worked together as a team.

CUE THE SUN

Students from the Behailu Academy after-school program were The Light Factory’s hosts for the summer. The students collaborated to design a large-scale mural made up of tiny cyanotype squares, as well as larger murals with the students as subjects in the print.

WE ARE CLT

In anticipation of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, students were inspired to use photography to represent the Charlotte community in an extremely personal and honest way. Students shot everyone from their family members to the people they thought were marginalized in our community. Portraits were featured in The Light Factory’s gallery and on digital billboards all around Center City.