Barbara Filion, Education Director for Working Assumptions, a non-profit arts foundation that makes art about work and family sent us this fantastic assignment idea and resource guide.  It is geared towards high school aged students but is would be a fantastic assignment for anyone new to photography and is especially relevant during this time of self quarantine and social distancing!  Working Assumptions recently opened up the program to ALL higher education teachers and our students!  Please contact education@workingassumptions.org to sign-up.

The wrkxfmly program supports students in making photographs and writing captions that explore the interplay of work and family in their lives. Working Assumptions — a non-profit organization that uses art to challenge the assumptions of everyday life and build compassion — created wrkxfmly back in 2012 with the help of high school teachers in the Bay Area. The program is now used in classrooms and community photo programs across the country. wrkxfmly sparks discussion, deepens family and community connections, and fosters empathy and understanding.

We have reached out to her about being a future guest on FotoFika!  She has also sent us the following PDF documents:

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wrkxfmly is a multi-week assignment for high school photography students. The assignment supports students in making photographs and writing captions about work and family from their perspectives. wrkxfmly sparks discussion, deepens family and community connections, and fosters empathy and understanding.


All logged-in users can explore our library of resources, which are tailored specifically to the participant’s role and tie in with our printed curriculum materials. Students are pointed towards featured resources at specific times during the assignment, encouraging them to learn independently outside of the classroom.


Who designs and supports the wrkxfmly program?

The assignment is designed and supported by Working Assumptions, a nonprofit arts organization. For more information on Working Assumptions, please visit www.workingassumptions.org.

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Weekly Assignment

The wrkxfmly assignment gives students the opportunity to reflect on work and family in their own lives.

Our core assignment challenges students to produce photographs and written captions that explore the relationship between work and family. Over the course of the program, students receive several feedback sessions with a professional teaching artist who helps them push their work further.

Our goal is to spark discussion, deepen family and community connections, and foster empathy and understanding.

New schools are always welcome to participate. To find out more about teaching the wrkxfmly assignment in your classroom, contact us at education@workingassumptions.org.

The Instagram hashtag for this assignment is #wrkxfmly

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