The Viewfinder Project | Youth Art Team

The Viewfinder Project

“We learned some things may look ugly to one person but not to another. We learned to take time to see things a better way.” J.J., age 10


The Viewfinder Project uses photography to help people of all ages see life differently, challenging them to use creative thinking in becoming community change makers. Addressing questions such as “What is Ugly?” and “What is Beautiful?” Youth Art Team members learned elements of photography including shape, line, shadow, and others. After 16 meetings, the team documented Waterloo’s historic Walnut Neighborhood where they meet.

The Youth Art Team’s photography project culminated in a nine-month exhibition of 50 photographs at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. More than 100 members of the community attended the artists reception and ceremony to celebrate the 25 artists, ages 5-18!