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Framing: The City as a Living Museum

(This lesson was developed using David Driskell's Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth: A Manual for Participation)

Objectives

  • To create a virtual tour of the neighborhood from a youth perspective
  • To generate interaction and curiosity among members of the community

Materials

  • Digital camera
  • Map of the study area
  • White cardboard “frame”
  • Notebook or journal

Procedure
The purpose of the exercise is to create a virtual tour of the neighborhood from a youth perspective.  Participants use a cardboard frame which accentuates the image and heightens the message that they are trying to convey.  They should walk throughout  the neighborhood and photo people, places, or characteristics that they feel provide an “outsider” with a representative image of their community.  As they walk the neighborhood in teams, they should make note as to where the photo is being taken so that it can later be "geotagged" and placed on a map of the neighborhood.  An example of how this looks can be found at the Peabody Soul Flickr site. 

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