McKees Rocks Cultural Arts Center perfomance of Cinderella

The moment of discovery, Cinderella tries on the lost glass slipper during the McKees Rocks High School Theater Project at Sto-Rox High School Friday, April 25, 2008.

The Father Ryan Cultural Arts Center has been conducting a high school theater project at Sto-Rox High School since 2004. Each event provides students with an opportunity to perform as well as help raise money for the cultural arts facility now under renovation. In October 2008 the Father Regis Ryan Cultural Arts Center Building will open on Chartiers Ave in McKees Rocks, Pa. The new space will house a theater, dance studio and other artistic and educational facilities.

I started working in McKees Rocks in 2004 as a photojournalist/ documentary photographer on a Federal Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) grant. The grants link universities and distressed communities together where the educational and community assets of the university utilized to help lift the community.

The particular grant that I was a part of linked Point Park University and McKees Rocks, Pa. The university provided performing arts instructors and coordinated media and public relations. Point Park University possess both a high quality and diverse journalism program and well as a nationally respected performing arts conservatory.

The COPC grant officially ended in 2006, but I have decided to remain on as the official photographer for the project. I am responsible for documenting the educational programs, organizational events and building renovation and architecture.

See more of this project here.