Photography Works: CEPA’s Mentoring Program

Photography Works is a yearlong program that will provide 10 students who have a serious interest in photography, with in depth instruction and mentoring in a variety of photo-related careers. Students will meet as a class but also meet one-to-one with a mentor. Students will visit working photographers in their studios or at on-site shoots and will assist in teaching youth classes at CEPA. Students will gain advanced camera, darkroom and digital skills with unlimited access to CEPA’s darkroom, computer lab and studio lighting equipment, as they explore related careers and interact with professionals. There is no fee for this program and upon completion, the students will get to keep the cameras provided. Students need to commit to meeting weekly after school for the year but will also be expected to meet at different times with mentors on days that work for both student and mentor.

The 2019-2020 Photography Works Program is supported by The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and The Marks Family Foundation.

Featured CEPA Mentoring Student: Sabrina Marrazzo

Sabrina Marrazzo was introduced to CEPA Gallery’s Summer Photography Art Camp at age 8, sparking her talent and encouraging her to venture off in an independent pursuit of digital photography. She later rejoined in one-on-one mentoring sessions with Education Director Lauren Tent—and Sabrina is now an assistant teaching artist with CEPA Gallery.

Her multiple talents have helped her to win “Best in Show” for charcoal drawings submitted to Pulse magazine, a national award-winning high school magazine; and Orchard Park’s Art Splash, an annual display of student art work. She is currently the photo editor for The Voice, the Orchard Park High School newspaper; photo editor for Orchard Park’s yearbook (which earned her the Herff Jones Award); and freelance photo journalist for Buffalo NewsneXt magazine.

Sabrina has also launched her own photography business, Hello August Photography, producing unique portraits and fine art at a reasonable price.

“Being a student of photography and art opens your eyes to a reality of the world. Sharing a perspective of the world with others helps me to be a better artist, and helps others to find their own perception.”

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The Teaching Artists of CEPA

CEPA is privileged to have an incredible group of teaching artists that work with our staff and students through our Arts Education programs. Bringing their passion for teaching, a wealth of knowledge and experience, and true creativity and vision, these artists embrace the notion that creativity is inherent—and that learning is a lifelong endeavor.

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How to Enroll in CEPA’s After School Mentoring Program

CEPA hopes to schedule another year of the Photography Works mentoring program in Fall 2020. For more information on how to enroll your young photographer, contact our Education Director Lauren Tent:

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