Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History and Community is an eight-month photography-based program for a select group of students enrolled in a high school or GED program. Participants work with a diverse group of arts professionals to explore issues related to community, history, and culture while learning the basics of photography in a regimen of art workshops, discussion groups, and field excursions. Expanding the Walls uses the work of renowned photographer James Van Der Zee as a catalyst for discussion and art-making.
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Applications are now closed for the next cycle of Expanding the Walls.
For this 2023 Expanding the Walls cycle, we are accepting applications from teens who live or attend high schools or equivalency programs in Harlem and upper Manhattan neighborhoods, as well as the South Bronx.
Participants receive a $1000 stipend and a Canon EOS Rebel DSLR camera. The program culminates with a celebration of the participants' work.
Program dates: January 10—August 3, 2023
Meetings: Every Tuesday from 4:00 pm—6:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am—3:00 pm
Beginning July 5, the program will meet three times a week:
Tuesdays 10:00 am—3:00 pm
Wednesdays 10:00 am—3:00 pm
Thursdays 10:00 am—3:00 pm
All public school holidays and breaks are observed by the program
Expanding the Walls 2022
The online photography exhibition Capturing The Echo: Expanding the Walls 2022 features work by the sixteen artists in the 2022 cohort of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s annual program Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community.
Expanding the Walls 2021
The online photography exhibition What Have We Stopped Hiding: Expanding the Walls 2021 features work by the seventeen artists in the 2021 cohort of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s annual program Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community.
Expanding the Walls 2020
Hearts in Isolation presents work by fifteen artists in the 2020 cohort of Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community. During the eight-month program, participants from New York City–area high schools explore the history and techniques of photography. Hearts in Isolation is The Studio Museum in Harlem’s first online exhibition.
Expanding the Walls 2016 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2015 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2014 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2013 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2012 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2011 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2010 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2009 Participants
Expanding the Walls 2008 Participants