Saturdays@Duggal Launches!

Feb 27, 15 Saturdays@Duggal Launches!

January 10th saw the launch of the Duggal Big Picture Foundation’s much anticipated Saturdays@Duggal program! This event was the first in a monthly program of art-related workshops for children ages 6-12. It was our inaugural run with only Duggal families in attendance. Based on the undeniable success of the pilot event, we are delighted to announce that the program will now open up to all children in our community, with our next event scheduled for Saturday, February 7th.

Saturdays@Duggal was designed to expose children to the visual arts with a concentration in photography and to give parents an opportunity to include their children in a worthwhile and imaginative weekend activity.

In attendance with Duggal families were five students from the NYC SALT Program, a wonderful non-profit organization which teaches high school students photography, pairs them with mentors in the photo community, and provides SAT tutoring and college counseling to prepare them for higher education. It is a rigorous, multi-year program that attracts extremely motivated and bright students from Title 1 schools all over New York City. “NYC SALT’s purpose is to engage, inspire and empower New York City teenagers by providing them with professional-grade visual communications skills.” We are thrilled to be able to offer the five students paid internships to teach the young children of our community photography at each of DBP’s workshops, providing them with invaluable work experience in their field of interest.

This month’s theme was ‘outdoor winter portraits,’ which we printed and incorporated into a seasonally inspired handmade snow-globe craft. The morning was alive with energy and delight as the children flew around the Flatiron with their DBP cameras, learning the basic techniques behind outdoor portrait taking from their NYC Salt group leaders. The space was filled with eager, focused young faces choosing their favorite images, creating a winter scene to showcase them, and inserting them into mason jar “snow globes” hand-decorated with snowflakes and ribbons galore. The final results (besides being just plain beautiful) were souvenirs and lasting memories of a morning spent with family and new friends in a highly creative, stimulating atmosphere. It was truly inspiring to watch and be a part of.