When Jeremy Slagle teamed up with Thad DeVassie and a group of others for The Big Table at Midwest Photo in August 2016, he was excited to participate and see what he could do to help strengthen our community.
“Our Big Table was all creatives—writers, designers, and photographers—many entrepreneurial and running their own studios,” Jeremy said. “We asked ourselves, ‘What can we do with our talents that can impact Columbus?’”
Not long after their conversation, Jeremy was in his studio cleaning out his photo closet and saw an old camera. An idea came to mind. He thought of The Big Table discussion where fellow artists Corey Favor and Marshall Shorts talked about their passion for helping kids in urban communities understand that a career in a creative field is viable.
“There are so many super talented kids, but when it comes time to consider creative arts as an actual, viable career path, it’s typically frowned upon and often doesn’t happen,” Jeremy explained.
“If kids are truly gifted creatively, we want to help them recognize that their gift can lead to a very successful career.”
This idea turned into Camp Click—a program developed to bridge the gap between professionals and kids that have artistic skills, offering them an opportunity to learn something new while cultivating relationships with fellow creatives.
Partnering with Midwest Photo and The Graham School, the six-week program will launch in fall 2017, putting cameras in the hands of 10–12 students with the goal of igniting their creativity through a new outlet. Participants will then keep the cameras, which are being donated by local photographers. Midwest Photo is working with Nikon and Canon, who have agreed to donate lenses for the project.
“We will work with the students once a week, providing instruction and teaching them how to use the cameras,” Jeremy said. “We’re hoping to create a gallery show at the end that will showcase each student’s work. It’s terrific to see an idea like this—that came out of The Big Table—come to life.”