Since 2013, BRIDGE has been reigniting the joy in learning through a variety of low-cost do-it-yourself workshops, seminars' and events designed to rejuvenate the San Diego community. Programs are designed to grow interest in art-making outside of traditional contexts. BRIDGE serves as a platform for the community to create work, develop skills, learn new techniques and meet new friends. Our vision is to work in conjunction with local organizations that are interested in providing a creative boost in the existing programming.
A social engagement project that provides an inclusive space for communities to share stories about who they are and places they live. Participants from underrepresented communities make a unique one-of-a-kind toy that reflects who they are. Each drawing contributed to the project is transferred to fabric and sewn into a homemade toy for participants to keep. Give each one a hug to hear a story about the person and the place they live.
A workshop designed for the aeronautical students at the Tijuana Institute of Technology. Participants of this work produced images using objects and drawings that explore the design and capacity of a Boeing 757 airplane. The images the students created utilize the cyanotype process in efforts to connect them to the history of aeronautical design.
Learn how to make a tintype in our outdoor darkroom with a group of photographers that love to camp and enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer us. A tintype is a one-of-a-kind image that will take you back in time to the Civil War photographers of the 1850s. The image is photographed directly onto a sheet of metal, in camera and on site.
A youth photography program that explores historical and contemporary processes of photography with a strong emphasis on STEAM and hands on learning.
SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY CENTER FOR THE BLIND
TIN IT + PIN IT
PACIFIC ARTS MOVEMENT
Programmers for Pacific Arts Movement curate films for the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival. We screen and write about the films to help promote visual literacy and empathy through the observation of cultures.
THE AJA PROJECT
PHOTO EDUCATION CAN CHANGE LIVES. The AjA Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, California. Utilizing participatory photography methods and an assets-based model, AjA’s programs transform youth and communities. Since its founding, AjA has provided long-term, community-based programming for over 2000 individuals, and has shared visual narratives with over 1 million viewers through large-scale public exhibits.
San Diego Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American students capture the origin stories of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants that make up San Diego’s Little Saigon District.
Journey is an after-school program that utilizes participatory photography methods to address the behavioral health, linguistic ability and social capacity of middle and high school refugee youth. Each year the program serves approximately 100 youth over 27 countries.
The Civil Liberties Project at AjA explores the socio-political climate in which Japanese-American incarceration occurred in the United States. While exploring historic and archival photographs taken in camps, participants had the opportunity to make personal connections to the idea of freedom and identity under our current administration. Participants in the project produced photography in response to or were inspired by the original documents and photographs from the time period.
In partnership with the Barrio Logan Collage Institute, builds on the national movement to integrate art into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Using photography as a platform to explore and learn about the principles through historical and contemporary hands-on activities.
In partnership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, teach students to turn the lens outward an critically examine issues that affect their lives and communities. Students explore potential solutions and turn research into action. This exploration helps them to gain access to the power of their voice as well as personal investment in their communities. The program is designed to connect with larger community efforts in the area and provide a platform for cooperative solution making between youth, school, administrators, community organizations and policy makers.
In partnership with the San Diego County office of Education, provide photography curriculum to incarcerated youth, pregnant youth, foster youth, expelled teens, chronically truant youth, students in drug treatment centers and group homes for neglected or abused children.