New Photo Story on the Triple Exposure website!

Check out this week’s photo story by Triple Exposure photography student Mohammed, as described by TYO intern Mathilda:

Mohammad has a brilliant sense of humour and brings a lot of laughter to class. This shines through in his photos too. Rather than just photographing what he sees around him, he created his own subject out of a piece of cactus, and went on to arrange it in different locations so that he could experiment with perspective and light to produce these distinct and memorable images.

A sneak peak!

“Triple Exposure” is an initiative of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization to promote art education for youth, community access to public art, and a better worldwide understanding of Palestine.

Intern Journal: Percussive Plastic Plates…TYO style

I’ve just sent my music students bounding home with their newly fashioned “music shakers”…I fully expect to incur the wrath of their parents sometime in the next two days.  Call them what you will—maracas, plastic plate tambourines, or handheld shakers—whatever the nomenclature, Monday’s class activity yielded twelve beautifully decorated agents of NOISE.  Plastic plates (strangely, paper plates are quite the rarity here in Nablus), popcorn kernels, a stapler, scissors, and some colorful construction paper and streamers are all it took to generate an entire symphonic section of percussive instruments.  As we constructed and festooned our instruments we jammed out to an eclectic, world music mix, which featured everything from Fairouz and Nancy Ajram to the Beatles and the Gypsy Kings.  Although Nancy Ajram was the crowd favorite—the girls knew every single word of “Ana Yalli Bahebbak” by heart— “Octopus’s Garden” inspired some enthusiastic head nods in time to the beat as well as a brief explanation of the timelessness of the British sixties pop sensation.

Amazingly, there was only one maracas fiasco this afternoon: two improperly fastened plates, one overzealous shake, and the resulting shower of corn kernels sent us all into hysterics and laughter to the point of tears.   During the last ten minutes of class, and post-kernel cleanup, students used their latest creations to play the two bar rhythm written on the whiteboard.  Yes, that’s right, my students can now read and clap to (or shake a tambourine to) rhythm.  We’ve covered all the basics: quarter, half, and whole notes and rests; treble and bass clefs, measures and 4/4 time.  Needless to say I’m so proud of the youth’s music literacy progress over these past few weeks, but they are especially deserving of praise today given that there was a hiatus from class all of last week.

Hoping my students will afford their parents a few moments of peace,

Leila

Leila is an intern at TYO Nablus.

Goodbye for now

Check out the latest post from the Triple Exposure website below!

These are the students from my advanced photography class, who have brightened my day on a weekly basis since June of last year. They started as beginning photo students – we traveled around Nablus and the West Bank together, learning how to use the camera to capture the beauty of the land and their own special places within it. Over the summer months, they showed me their homes, play times, and images of loved ones lost through the photos they took with their cameras. In the fall we moved into film in the advanced photography class. They made two films: one about a journalist confronting resistance from Israeli soldiers when attempting to cover events in Bethlehem, the other about a poor family in Nablus supported by the labor of the young son. On the lighter side, together we had fun making mini-documentaries about cooking. :) I will miss seeing them in class, hearing them express their thoughts, seeing their laughs, receiving their inquisitive phone calls, having them barge into my office as soon as school was over.

I’m teaching a new group of students this spring, but I hope the beautiful kids below will be back at TYO in the summer for a photography camp! Goodbye for now, guys…

– Doris, Project Coordinator

“Triple Exposure” is an initiative of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization to promote art education for youth, community access to public art, and a better worldwide understanding of Palestine.

TYO Founder and President Hani Masri interviewed on MBC Arabic’s “Sabah il Kher”

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Nadia Bilbassy interviewed TYO Founder and President Hani Masri for MBC Arabic’s  “Sabah il Kher”  (Arabic: Good Morning) program. During the interview, Mr. Masri spoke about the importance of investing in children, youth and women in Nablus, Palestine, where he was born and many of his family members live today.

The kids come to our Center to take classes in IT, sports, music and many other subjects that are not available at their schools, Mr. Masri told MBC Arabic on Monday at TYO’s Virginia office.

Mr. Masri also commented on the importance of programming for young women and mothers. He added that the TYO Center is open to the participants’ mothers who are eager to engage in English, computer science and aerobics classes. Moreover, TYO developed a program to train young female university students interested in starting their own businesses.

Following the interview, Ms. Bilbassy commented on TYO’s innovative approach and commended Mr. Masri for investing in developing societies in the Arab world.

“Suwarna” Moves to Nablus on November 6!

A photo taken by Muntaser, age 10, from Balata refugee camp

“Suwarna”

Our Pictures

A Photography Exhibition by the Children of Nablus City and Refugee Camps

 

November 6, 7, 8

9AM to 5PM

Hamdi Munko Center, Nablus

 

Take a trip around Nablus through the eyes of her children: begin downtown at the central circle to see costumed juice vendors, shoppers, and Nabulsi goods being sold, pass through the Old City to visit the children’s homes, pets, and the local shopkeepers, climb up the high stairways toward the hillside neighborhood of Khallet al-Amood, and move to the edges of the city where the homes, schools, and streets of Balata refugee camp, Askar refugee camp, and Al-Ayn refugee camp are found. Continue on to the villages outside the city, where life-sustaining olive trees grace the landscape as the pools in family waterparks lie half-empty.

“Triple Exposure” is a TYO photography and public art project for youth from the refugee camps, Old City, and marginalized neighborhoods of Nablus. The project harnesses the unique ability of art education to encourage creativity, self-expression, self-confidence, analytical abilities, and a sense of identity among youth.

For further information: please visit http://www.TripleExposure.net.

“Suwarna” (Our Pictures) is an exhibition of photography taken by the participants in this project: Palestinian boys and girls, ages 10 to 16, who have used their cameras over the past year to capture their homes, neighborhoods, schools, friends, hobbies, and daily moments of beauty.

Directions to the Hamdi Munko Center: Hamdi Munko is located on Muntaza Street next to the Jamal Abdel Nasser Municipal Park in downtown Nablus, near the Nablus Mall. The center is behind the Municipal Stadium.

To contact the exhibition organizers: please call Doris at 059-858-8795 or 2380352, extension 116. You can also write to doris[at]tomorrowsyouth.org.

To contact the Hamdi Munko Center: please call 9-2337019.

“Suwarna” would not have been possible without the tireless support of the Tomorrow’s Youth Organization staff and volunteers, the Hamdi Munko staff, the Nablus Municipality, and Zoom Advertising. We are sincerely grateful for their efforts.

Announcing “Suwarna,” a Triple Exposure photography exhibition!

Check out the latest post by Project Coordinator Doris on the Triple Exposure website:

We are pleased and proud to announce the date for the first Triple Exposure student photography exhibition! If you are in the area, please join us on October 29 at the Hashimiya School* in El Bireh, Ramallah.

“Suwarna” is an exhibition of photography taken by the participants in this project: Palestinian boys and girls, ages 10 to 16, who have used their cameras over the past year to capture their homes, neighborhoods, schools, friends, hobbies, and daily moments of beauty.

“Triple Exposure” is a TYO initiative that aims to develop identity, awareness, and vocational skills among children and adolescents through teaching photographic expression and the production of public art.

Updated on October 28 with new location.

Nabulsi Cinema: Now Playing on the Triple Exposure website

Check out the latest post by Project Coordinator Doris on the Triple Exposure website:

Explore the origins of what I’m sure will soon be a burgeoning film industry in Nablus: the short films made by Triple Exposure students! See the work written, acted, animated, filmed, and edited by Taha, Mahmoud, Hiba, Suzan, Hanadi, Mohammed, Mumin, Yaseen, Hala, Mujahed — the list goes ever on. Characters range from a Palestinian police officer to a young boy with big dreams to a young girl who unexpectedly finds herself on a magical journey!

The kids have developed their skills in set design, framing, and composition in the photography and mural classes, allowing us to now focus much more on films this fall. So stay tuned for new releases!

Volunteer Masa and photo/film student Shireen prepare for filming

“Triple Exposure” is a TYO initiative that aims to develop identity, awareness, and vocational skills among children and adolescents through teaching photographic expression and the production of public art.

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