Houston Arts Partners Conference 2012


Building A Community of Arts Partnerships

September 14 -15, 2012

Join us for a panel discussion Media in the Classroom on Saturday morning or stop by our booth all weekend.

Everyday across Houston, schools are working collaboratively with local arts organizations to improve teaching and learning to help students reach their highest potential. How do these partnerships help schools reach their academic goals? What are the measures of success? Join the 2012 Houston Arts Partners Conference and learn about successful partnership programs and how your school can build a community that elevates student achievement. 


Teacher Night: Improve Your Photographs

A Hands-On Workshop for Teachers

Wednesday September 26, 2012, 6PM- 8PM
1113 Vine Street, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77002

The first LTP Teacher Night for the 2012-13 school year will be a dynamic hands-on workshop designed to help teachers improve their photographs. Participatory activities, lead by LTP photographers, teach easy steps that will dramatically improve your photographs. The activities are non-technical and will help you understand how to get the most out of your camera, take better photographs with your students and improve your classroom documentation. Bring your camera for a collaborative evening. Dinner will be provided.

"I loved going through the photo stations with my camera--my family is going to be so impressed with my new photography skills!" - LTP Teacher, 2012

Register for Teacher Night.


Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou

Saturday, October 20, 11am-3pm
Annual KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou
Free Family Fun Day!

Calling all families and kids! LTP is particpating in  6th Annual KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou. Join us for a completely free day of fun activities, give-aways, performances, and more! With face painting, kayak demonstrations, a photo booth, boat rides, and other activities, KBR Kids Day is one event you will not want to miss. Come out in your favorite Halloween Costume, and participate in our Costume Parade. 


Past Events


FotoFence 2012


FotoFence 2012

FotoFest's FotoFence 2012 student exhibition highlights student work created using the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program. Houston area schools from 7 districts, including private and charter schools, presenting photographs, writing, poster collages, digital video projections and 3-dimensional sculptures. These pieces represent personal, creative exploration, inspired by the themes self, family, community and dreams. We thank those who had a chance to visit the exhibition and hope to see more faces at FotoFence 2013!

Visit the Literacy Through Photography Facebook Page to view images from FotoFence 2012!


Renesha Neal, a student from East Early College High School, read from her work at the FotoFence 2011 opening reception

Helms Movie Screening

Sun, Moon, Earth: 2012
Presented By
The Helms Media All-Stars

Monday, April 23th, 2012
6:30 - 8pm
14 Pews, 800 Aurora Street Houston, TX 77009Join us special screening of student-made videos at 14 Pews in the Heights on Monday, April 23th, 2012 from 6:30 -8pm. Literacy Through Photography students from Helms Elementary, created science-inspired videos titled Sun, Moon, Earth: 2012. Please view this short video for a project summary and preview of the event.


Thank you to H-E-B, Houston Camera Exchange, Nikon Inc. and the generous donations received from the Houston community to help replace 36 stolen FotoFest cameras

Click here to read more about the specific donations received from the Houston community

Forty students are able to work with their own cameras again. Three corporations, H-E-B, Houston Camera Exchange and Nikon Inc., matched donations by numerous individuals to replace 36 cameras stolen from 40 students working with FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography (LTP) program at Project Row Houses Summer Arts Education Program.

The children, ages 7 - 14, have been working with Houston photographer and Literacy Through Photography (LTP) cohort teacher Ben Tecumseh DeSoto. They are creating projects that explore the theme Framework for the Future. The LTP program utilizes photography and creative writing to help students in grades 3 - 12 learn to understand themselves, to honor their families and community, and to explore and share their dreams and goals for the future.

Replacing Student Cameras
Following the theft of 36 digital point-and-shoot cameras taken from teacher Ben Tecumseh DeSoto's car on June 22, 2011, the 40 students participating in the class have been sharing the four remaining cameras that were not taken. Despite the loss of the cameras, the students plan to move forward with the exhibition and make the most of their remaining resources.

Through a call for donations via Facebook and Twitter, Literacy Through Photography raised over $1,000 in the first 24 hours to help replace the stolen cameras. Local press coverage, particularly the television news story by ABC 13, a radio interview on 90.1 KPFT and blog postings on Glasstire.com and Houston Press's Hairballs helped raise another $982, totalling $1,982 to date. To replace all of FotoFest's 36 LTP digital cameras and memory cards used by students, an additional $2,000 needs to be raised to meet a total amount of $4,000.

The LTP- Project Row Houses students are offering to make their works on exhibit available for sale to raise the money to replace the cameras that future LTP students will use. Proceeds exceeding the $4,000 needed to replace FotoFest's LTP cameras will be used to purchase a set of cameras for permanent use by students at Project Row Houses.

Students take pictures using their new cameras for their Literacy Through Photography project.
Reporter Miya Shay from KTRK-ABC 13 interviews a Literacy Through Photography student at Project Row Houses

Click Here to learn more about all of the generous Houston support!


FotoFence 2011


FotoFence 2011

FotoFence is the year-end celebration of student work from FotoFest’s in-school education program, LTP, helping young people achieve better communication and writing skills using photography. This year over 900 students from 28 Houston area schools exhibited writing and photography, including traditional photographs, web-based photo blogs and digital collages. Six students were invited on stage to read in front of an audience of nearly 300 people, including fellow students, teachers, school administrators and board members.

The work exhibited at FotoFence is the culmination of participation by area students in the LTP program. It is a time to observe the success of Houston’s youth first-hand and witness the varying viewpoints they are able to express when given the tools that Literacy Through Photography provides.

At the opening, in addition to exploring the exhibition, students, their families and the public are invited to have a snack, enjoy a slushy and take a family photo in the green screen photo booth. This year food for FotoFence 2011 was generously donated by Laurenzo’s El Tiempo Cantina.

Read the FotoFence 2011 press release > pressrelease

View a slideshow of photos from the exhibition>


The main title wall at FotoFence 2011
FotoFest Board Member Thomas Damsgaard talks to East Early College High School student Anthony Flores about his work


“Thank you for your wonderful program to help kids flourish in the classroom through art expression. This is the first time I had been to your event and it was very impressive. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm that I could see it in the kids’ eyes, energy and demeanor – they are getting a lot out of your program. Thanks again for all you do to help the kids.”

- Venu Rao, Chief Information Officer, Spring Branch ISD

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