Time & Location
Jul 11, 11:00 AM – Aug 31, 11:00 AM
hart memorial library, 211 E Dakin Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA
About the Event
Osceola Arts - Art in Public Places at the Hart Memorial Library presents a photography exhibition created by young students in The Prodigy Cultural Arts Program of Florida, on display from July 11 through August 31.
The Prodijy Cultural Arts Program uses visual and performing arts to help young people develop life skills, including communication, leadership, problem-solving, anger management, and goal setting. Classes are led by professional artists who also serve as mentors. Through art, participants cultivate self-confidence, acquire the ability to highlight their skills, and foster lifelong positive habits for future success. The Prodigy Arts program currently serves youth from Osceola Arts and Eastlake Elementary. It is a digital media program with a primary focus on photography and video editing. The instructor, local teaching artist Marlon Gonzalez, is passionate about instilling digital media skills to facilitate a broader range of expression through the arts.
This body of work is the culmination of assignments given to students ranging from elementary to high school age. Throughout the course, students were instructed in basic camera functions and composition techniques. It is truly remarkable that these achievements have been accomplished within a relatively short two-year period. Marlon Gonzalez is a seasoned photographer, educator, and site manager at Osceola Arts' Prodigy multicultural arts program. With 25 years of experience, Marlon has worked for esteemed publications like Time Out New York and YRB Magazine and has been featured in The New York Times and Photo Technique magazine. For the past 15 years, he has dedicated his career to teaching art in public schools, helping his students achieve numerous accolades such as winning Gold Keys in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Marlon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from Parsons School of Design and has completed programs at NYSS Arts and Ithaca College Photography Programs. Notably, he has received scholarships, including the Arnold Newman Scholarship to the Photographic Workshop in Maine. Marlon's passion lies in using photography and cinematography as storytelling mediums, aiming to communicate powerfully and inspire his students to see the world from unique perspectives.