Chelsea Memory Project.

Chelsea Memory Project

Fulton Senior Center

November 2nd-30th

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In partnership with The Highline, Project Luz led a 9 session photography workshop at the Fulton Senior Center. Long time senior Chelsea residents from Puerto Rico came together to share their family photos, stories and memories of Chelsea.

Digna, Maria Isabel, Arturo, Mery, Tita and Edith brought old family photos and engaged in conversations with each other. Participants were presented with old photos of iconic locations of the old Meatpacking District, and reflected on how much Chelsea has changed in the past years. Many of them were witness of those changes growing up.

Together, we went to a trip around the neighborhood at The Highline. For most, it was their first time visiting The Highline, only a few blocks away from them. They also practiced their photography skills by taking portraits of each other.

Community Engagement

In these past sessions, participants build a small community while sharing their recollection of their lives in the old Chelsea, bringing their personal family photos and creating new ones.

From this work, a public photo exhibition will be shown at the Holiday Concert at Leandra’s Garden in the Back Park at the Fulton Houses on December 12th at 2pm. Residents will be invited to engage with the exhibition and contribute their own stories and experiences to the project.

El Party de Project Luz

El Party de Project Luz

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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To celebrate our great accomplishments of the year and to welcome the new year at our new location, all the Project Luz community came together for a fun night full of dancing, great food and good company! We celebrated the culmination of the art classes with an exhibition of participants work and the newest Project Luz publication. Children and adults danced all night thanks to the great music of DJ Zonico-Peru and Sonidero. The participants created a Photo Booth and a camera piñata to add to the fun. We also enjoyed a delicious  cake and sweets by one of our students, Gaby Clau.

Thank you to everyone who helped in this event, and all of of you who came out! Looking forward for another successful year in 2016!

Photos by Neshi Galindo

Seeing Wright

Seeing Wright

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Saturday November 14th

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American Masters and Project Luz conducted a photography workshop inspired in the work of Mexican American artist Pedro E. Guerrero, the chief photographer for Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect of the Guggenheim museum in New York City. The workshop was facilitated by artist Sol Aramendi. Participants learned about the basics of photography while engaging at different levels, sharing memories about their favorite family photos with each other, sketching and learning about Guerrero’s photography.

The class also got to see the current exhibition Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting and made sketches of the different light and shadows of the unique spiral shape of the museum, using their art notebooks specially designed for this occasion by the artist. For many of the them, it was their first time visiting the museum and were very amazed by the beautiful architecture.

Taking advantage of the perfect daylight and using the photography skills they learned, participants went outside to take pictures of the building, the people and nature. They also spent some time studying lights and shadows using foam 3D shapes and different kinds of LED lights. Before closing, the class created a collage together showcasing the photographs they just took and sharing personal reflections about they learned and experienced.

Everyone enjoyed learning and relating to each other through photography. Here are some of the participants’s  comments:

It was a pleasure to be part of this opportunity and to learn so much!!! I loved it!!!

Thank you Sol for the opportunity to continue learning about painting with light

This special presentation of American Masters and VOCES has been provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation. Additional support for VOCES is provided by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Additional funding for Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey is provided by Berkeley Film Foundation, Castellano Family Foundation, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, and Mike and Ginny Lester. VOCES is presented by PBS SoCaL.


Project Luz 2015 Open House


Photo by Marta Velazquez


Los esperamos para recibir información.



Comienzan los Talleres de Fotografía en español. Avanzado, Básico y Lightroom 2015

Comienza Octubre Noviembre 2015 (2 meses)

Taller Básico de Fotografía Digital 

Octubre y Noviembre

Sábados de 10:00 a 12:00 pm – $100 por mes – duración: 2 meses

Lunes de 7:00 a 9:00 pm – $100 por mes – duración: 2 meses

Este taller es para aprender los conocimientos básicos de fotografía digital, se puede utilizar cualquier cámara, no hacen falta conocimientos previos. Es ideal para principiantes, o quienes acaban de comprar una nueva cámara. Incluye salidas a museos y práctica.

Taller Avanzado de Fotografía Digital 

Martes de 7:00 a 9:00 pm – $100 por mes – duración: 2 meses

Este taller es para profundizar los conocimientos sobre la cámara e iniciarse en contar historias, se puede utilizar cualquier cámara. Es ideal para quienes quieran ir aun poco más allá. Incluye salidas a museos y práctica.

Taller de Lightroom

Sábados de 12:00 a 1:00 pm – $250 total – duración: 2 meses – Incluye el programa


917 209 5692


Photo by Enrique Arcos

Castlewood Photo Club


Today we have the show and presentation of the publication “Through the lens” of Castlewood Photo Club at the Queens Museum of Art. This was a refreshing residency with a diverse group of 3rd graders that surprised me with their analytic approach and imagination. We explore the surroundings with the camera and they also took it home to look under the bed.


Under my sister bed by Amanda.

As always I learned a lot from the participants what remains is their intensity about the present moment and that they always take a picture with a smile.

Through the Lens presents a selection of images from the 2013 PS 186 Castlewood / Queens Museum Cultural After School Adventures Photography Program. It was designed to give students the opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of community through the language of photography.  The eighteen third graders in the class were given digital cameras to use throughout the duration of the program.  Assignments were aimed at building students’ artistic vocabulary as they explored different ways in which to communicate their visual encounters with the world.  From working in the classroom, to documenting moments in their own households, to taking expeditions throughout the immediate vicinity of the school, participants uncovered the different happenings that they found as they looked to develop a better understanding of where they live.


Artist Sol Aramendi from the Queens Museum of Art instructed the program with Liz Cageao Art teacher at PS186. Sol is the founder of Project Luz, a photography program for empowering communities. She believes in using art as a tool to connect people and communities.


Every week we printed a picture and journal about it.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to New York City Council Member Mark Weprin.


NNY Lighting class Show at IMMIGRANT MOVEMENT



See you this Sunday May 5th from 11 to 1:00 pm.

Join us for a showcase of the Lighting Workshop, portfolios and a free photo booth.

108-59 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, New York 11368

Acerca del programa New New Yorkers:

En convenio con el Queens Library el programa New New Yorkers organiza y lleva a cabo cursos dedicados a mejorar la calidad de vida de los residentes del condado mediante diversas áreas de aprendizaje: el arte, la cultura, la tecnología y el inglés como segundo idioma. Nuestra posición como museo facilita el que nuestros alumnos puedan conocer e interactuar con el sinnúmero de artistas que muestran en nuestras galerías.


El programa New New Yorkers se realiza con el apoyo del Altman Foundation. Respaldo adicional cortesía del Queens Library, Deutsche Bank, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs y el New York State Council on the Arts.


La fotografía y el texto publicados por este medio son el resultado de 8 semanas de adiestramiento en técnicas de iluminación de estudio, flash y luz natural. El curso fue dictado por la artista Sol Aramendi, educadora del Queens Museum of Art. Sol es la fundadora de Project Luz, un programa para la comunidad inmigrante que utiliza la fotografía como herramienta de apoderamiento social.