The following is a republished press release…to submit a community announcement, email Peter Blanchard at [email protected].
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CORTLAND, N.Y. – Today marked the first day of the Bridges for Kids Photography Program, organized in large part by Kate Vogel, a 10-year-old girl who wanted to share her passion of photography with other local girls.
Kate and her Bridges for Kids’ mentor, Cecile Swift Lippitt, have built a strong bond over the past few years. With her support, Kate has gone from a shy, timid girl to an outgoing, happy, engaging child. She is now confident of her abilities and has become involved with many activities both at school and in the community. One of her favorite pastimes is photography.
Two years ago, Cecile decided to upgrade her camera and give Kate her old Canon Power Shot. That decision launched Kate’s career as a budding photographer. She has had her work exhibited at several of the local galleries, and even sold one photograph.
Kate wanted to share her passion with other local girls and this past spring applied for a Cash4Change Grant through Cortland Area Communities That Care. With the support of the YWCA’s Bridges for Kids Program, CACTC and other community groups, Kate and her adult supporters helped organize a photography program for girls who are part of their mentoring program. The project has received support through CACTC, Noon Rotary, local businesses and individual donations.
The photography program will run for 8 sessions and cover all the basics of taking good photographs. The girls will meet with a professional photographer who will discuss her work, and will review and critique their photographs. The program will conclude with an exhibit of the girls’ photographs at a local gallery in the fall.
Day 1 consisted of learning the basics of their new camera (most were donated from community members). Kate led the first class. The group of girls then took a walking tour of downtown and captured images of things they found interesting.
For more information, contact Sara Earl at Cortland YWCA at (607) 753-9651 or via email.
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