About Hope in Focus

About the Project
Hope in Focus is a program that teaches photography and art concepts to children with chronic conditions in a hospital setting. The original project was part of The Phillips Scholarship Program and took place at St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Duluth, MN in the summer of 2016.
Each session has a photography related learning objective and corresponding mental health lesson. Students learn about prominent historical and contemporary photographers as well as basic photography concepts. Each day the participants have time to journal down their thoughts, take photos to practice their new skills, and do art projects at their own pace. And of course, we eat some tasty snacks. The goal is to have fun and feel more confident along the way.

Hope in Focus is going to take place this summer in Bismarck, ND! I am ecstatic about this new adventure with the project and cannot wait to implement it here in my hometown and meet a new group of kiddos.

I am in the process of reserving a classroom at the Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND and will be able to reserve it officially once funding is secured. Having both the classroom space as well as many spots to adventure outdoors to take photos will make this a wonderful location! The project will be held Saturday August 4, 2018 and Saturday August 11, 2018 from 1pm – 4pm.

To sign up, please email me at mfrei1@cord.edu   🙂

If you are able to help in any way it would be so appreciated! My forever rule is that the program will not cost anything to participants, so all costs will be covered via fundraising. If you would like to donate, please follow the link below! Thank you so much for supporting Hope in Focus.