As we wrap up our work during the final stages of the exhibition project our teens decided to share some thoughts about their overall experience with the Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar project.
Here is what some of them had to say about the project:
Great experience going to Joloff and eating Senegalese food. Brittney E.
This project was a lot of work, but I enjoyed learning about Dakar and the dance classes we took at Cumbe. Sheeba B.
I learned a lot about Dakar, Senegal and Senegalese culture. Erica N.
I’m putting filmmaker on my resume and the project has given me a better understanding of Africa and Senegal. Brionna U.
I enjoyed learning to work with people in a group, gaining leadership skills, and tasting the Senegalese food at Joloff restaurant. Jinelle T.
It opened my eyes to Senegalese culture and I can now say I am a curator. Rayanna A.
The great thing about doing projects like this is that you can engage participants on many different levels. Some will like project-based work, others filmmaking, others research and writing, others will enjoy design, while still others will enjoy the cultural immersion like the dancing, drumming and food tasting that we participated in.
We’re really excited that our students were able to get so many things out of the process, skills that will help them academically and in life.
In addition to learning more about Senegalese culture through dance and interviewing Senegalese artists, our teens have also been learning how to film, photograph, and shoot b roll scenes with a HD DSLR camera. Before this project started many of our teens had very little to no experience using HD DSLR cameras, but after several months of hands on practice they have gotten well accustomed to operating the camera independently. The majority of the images that will be featured in the exhibit were captured by our NSBD teens!
Here is what some of our teens had to say about their experience using the HD DSLR camera:
While building the exhibit I learned a lot of vocational skills like camera techniques, interviewing skills, b roll, and photography. Learning these skills has helped me a lot in my media class at school. Carliste B.
I really like using the camera and doing interviews. It’s really fun. Sheba B.
I am a lot more comfortable using the camera now. Senee R.
We’re excited to begin working with youth on the project! Here’s about half of the group and they’re in grades 9-12 from public, private and charter high schools in Brooklyn!
We’re so lucky to have such a diverse group of young people, which will definitely add to the richness and texture of the project. Stay tuned as we’ll be posting updates of them conducting research, interviews, attending lectures and being fully engaged in Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar!