Art March, 24 2009

Eye On The Third Ward At MFA Houston

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Currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston, is Eye on the Third Ward. On view until May 24, 2009, the exhibition is an annual celebration of works created by students at Jack Yates High School.

More about the exhibition.

A historically black community, the Third Ward is home to many important political, cultural, and educational organizations as well as strong religious and community groups. The MFAH´s education department and the Magnet School of Communication at Jack Yates High School founded the Eye on Third Ward photography project in 1995 to encourage students to hone their technological skills and powers of observation by documenting the neighborhood and its residents. Yates photography teacher Ray C. Carrington III challenges his classes each year to make photographs that capture the personality of the area and the people who live there. About 60 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, ages 15 to 17, participate in the project each year. A select number of the works created during the year-long class are chosen for the annual exhibition.

Selected photographs follow.