Four years ago, Joselyn DeJesus’ (BFA Photography Department senior) skill with a camera brought her from the Bronx, New York to SVA; on Wednesday, January 25, her photographic talent landed her an invitation to the White House. DeJesus traveled to Washington, DC, as a representative of the successes of ICP at The Point, a community-outreach program run by the International Center of Photography (ICP) in Manhattan and The Point Community Development Corporation in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. ICP at The Point is one of 15 programs selected for the Coming Up Taller Award, an honor given to national community-based arts and humanities programs that strive to cultivate creativity in youths from underserved areas. DeJesus participated in ICP at The Point while in high school, and her experiences with photography led her to apply to and enroll at SVA.
First Lady Laura Bush presented the award at a White House ceremony, which included a grant of $10,000 to ICP at The Point on behalf of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Image: Lacy Austin and Joselyn DeJesus from the International Center of Photography in New York City, accepting the Coming Up Taller Award from Mary L. Chute and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House on Wednesday, January 25, 2006. Photo: Steven E. Purcell.