CSU, Chico News

‘Our Town’ in Pictures—A Kid’s-Eye View

Date: 07-27-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Keith Herritt,
Executive Director, North State Symphony

Kids in the North State are invited to capture the beauty around them and submit it to the North State Symphony’s “Our Town” in Pictures—A Kids’ Eye View project. This project is in collaboration with the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology and the Turtle Bay Museum in Redding. Both the Museum of Anthropology and the Turtle Bay Museum will feature selected photos in exhibitions celebrating the North State and children who live here.

In addition to the two exhibitions, beginning on Sept. 9 through Oct. 21 in Chico and moving to Turtle Bay for November, photos that are selected will be used in a photomontage film. The film will be shown at symphony concerts in November, both in Chico and Redding, accompanied by the orchestra’s rendition of Aaron Copland’s “Our Town.”

Students 14 years and younger can participate. The deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 10. Students who take the photos selected for the film will receive complimentary tickets to the concert in November and be given credit in the symphony program. In addition, there are plans for exhibits of the photos in both Redding and Chico.

The directions for this photography project are simply to find beauty in the environment around you and to take pictures of it. Photos can depict people, places or landmarks. Subjects might include family, friends, pets, nature, places in the community, activities in the community and favorite parks. The idea is to capture the little pieces of beauty that make up “our town” and represent the diversity of life in Northern California.

There are two ways to take photos: with your own digital camera or with a disposable camera. First, go to http://www.northstatesymphony.org/ourtown/ to read about the project and to download copies of the required forms: 1) an artist release form that must be signed by a parent or guardian for you to participate, 2) a subject release form for recognizable people in the photos, and 3) a photo identification form.

Taking photos with a digital camera

You can upload your photos and the necessary release forms online by Aug. 10. The submission page is at http://northstatesymphony.submishmash.com/Submit

Taking photos with a disposable camera

Turn in your camera and the release forms at the NSS office in the Performing Arts Center, Room 205 on the CSU, Chico campus by Aug. 10. You can also mail them to North State Symphony, 400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929-0805.

This project is funded by grants from the James Irvine Foundation and the McConnell Foundation of Redding. The McConnell Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to help build better communities through philanthropy.

For more information, call the North State Symphony office at 530-898-6692 or Adrienne Scott, museum curator at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, 530-898-5397.