Young photography artists from Red Hook exhibited their works at an exhibition culminating the “JustArts Photography Project” last Saturday. The Photography Project is a collaboration between the Brooklyn Arts Council and the
. This project is a core component and example of the Red Hook Community Justice Center ’s Positive Youth Justice Initiative. This initiative is formed by positive youth development principles and new approaches to juvenile justice intervention. It aims to provide young people with opportunities for learning, community engagement, and personal growth. We partnered with the Brooklyn Arts Council and relied on their expertise in providing opportunities for Justice Center Brooklyn youth to explore their artistic interests and talents. The Photography Project allowed the participating youth to shine through their pictures while nurturing their creative expression. The program helped to instill improved work habits, enhanced focus, problem-solving, cooperation and communication skills, and self-esteem. Young artist photographed Red Hook from their perspective as teens. They were encouraged to explore their neighborhood and look at Red Hook through the creative process of photography. The program was made possible through a generous grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. We would like to give a special thanks to our neighbor, the Red Hook Initiative , for letting us use their beautiful space for the exhibition.