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Students at Baker Prairie Middle School interview community members



Photo Credit: RAY HUGHEY - 
A group of Baker Prairie Middle School students presented Thursday the world they found around them in an art exhibit in the school library.

For the past eight weeks, the 14 middle school students have interviewed and photographed people in their community and their lives to capture their worlds in words and pictures.

The photography-interview project was a collaboration between Baker Prairie Middle School, Todas Juntos and the Youth Arts for Change program of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance.

The students were tutored by Portland professional artist Reeve Wortel. She taught them how to capture their community in interviews and portrait photography and use that material in a public presentation and art installation.

They interviewed a dozen people, including the mayor, superintendent of schools, teachers, relatives and others. Todas Juntos provided the cameras for their photography.

They did their interviews one-on-one, in teams and by the whole class. Their subjects told them about themselves, their families and stories from their childhoods.

They answered questions including what they liked about their jobs, what super power they would like to have and what would they put in a time capsule to be opened a hundred years from now.

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