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OUTREACH is our award-winning education program designed specifically for youth from underserved communities, using photography as a medium of creative self-expression. OUTREACH breaks down barriers to the arts and encourages youth to develop their creative voice and understand the power of the photographic image. Through OUTREACH, Gallery 44 works in collaboration with community organizations to offer black and white photography workshops to over 50 young people in the G.T.A. The workshops have a different thematic focus each year, which guides the youth from concept, through to production and exhibition at Gallery 44.
Every year, Gallery 44 awards two participants from our OUTREACH program, the David Barker Maltby Award in keeping with his commitment to education, community activism and documentary photography. Award winners, nominated by instructors and selected by a committee, have excelled within the OUTREACH program. Recipients are awarded based on their talent and commitment to continuing with their arts practice.
Through the OUTREACH program, Gallery 44 provides photography education outside of the formal school system and builds relationships with other non-profit community organizations by offering photography workshops free of charge to youth. These workshops are designed to meet the specific needs of each youth group involved, and are taught by qualified photographers who have a personal relationship with each community organization.