USF is offering Tampa Bay veterans a free online photography workshop

'Breaking Barriers' returns to USF Contemporary Art Museum July 9, and this year there’s a video workshop, too.

click to enlarge "Motherhood in the Military" by Jeaniel Image (U.S. Navy) - USF CAM
"Motherhood in the Military" by Jeaniel Image (U.S. Navy)

“Breaking Barriers”—a workshop series that allows military veterans and their families to learn photography for free—returns to USF Contemporary Art Museum this summer. The goal of the five-week workshop, now in its fourth year, is to give veterans a voice through art and help them integrate back into civilian life.

Last year, Tampa-based contemporary photographer Selina Roman taught participants to channel their memories and personal experiences into photographs using their cell phones.

Breaking Barriers: Online Photography Workshops for Military Veterans at USF
July 9-Aug. 6
Section A, Still Life, Memory and Place cellphone photography workshop, Fri. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Section B, Moments in Motion cellphone video workshop, Fri. 1-5 p.m.
Free for military veterans and their families
The deadline to register is July 6

In 2021, the photography workshop focuses on place. In “Still Life, Memory and Place,” Roman teaches participants to tell the story of a place through photographing its objects and landscape.

Also, for the first year since the program’s inception, there’s a cellphone video workshop.

Several studies point to art therapy as an effective treatment for PTSD, and Breaking Barriers makes it easy for local veterans to convert their trauma into something beautiful. The best thing about it: it’s free and all you need is a cell phone to participate.

The deadline to register is July 6.

For more information or to register, email Leslie Elsasser at [email protected] or Amy Allison at [email protected].

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Jennifer Ring

Jen began her storytelling journey in 2017, writing and taking photographs for Creative Loafing Tampa. Since then, she’s told the story of art in Tampa Bay through more than 200 art reviews, artist profiles, and art features. She believes that everyone can and should make art, whether they’re good at it or not...
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