The Light Factory

The Light Factory

The Light Factory’s vision is to develop a vibrant, engaged photographic community in the Charlotte area by offering everyone the opportunity to create, understand, and appreciate photography.

The Light Factory began in Charlotte in 1972 with a group of photographers who wanted to gather and talk

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Photography for Social Change (Grades: 4-12)


Program description

This program empowers students to use photography as a tool to inform, engage and create awareness around issues surrounding their communities, schools, the city of Charlotte, and beyond. Students will first learn compositional techniques to create more interesting photographs, then will brainstorm either in groups or individually social issues they wish to see changed. They will be challenged to


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Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Media, Multi-discipline, Multi-media, Storytelling, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Multicultural, Other
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Science, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Please call 704-333-9755 to schedule a class visit or residency program with Laurie Schorr.

Available times:


Length of program: 60 minutes to 90 minutes per class
Space / technical requirements:

Projector and screen or smartboard necessary. Access to an outside area preferred.


This program can be completed at The Light Factory or at your school. These programs can also include field-trips if funding allows.

Fees / Ticketing:

This program can be a multiple day residency and the prices are based on the number of instruction hours and the materials needed for the program.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2- Students will integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally. For this project, we will share a variety of media images and social media visuals to initiate discussion and contstructive dialogue. W2- write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. Students will be working through complex ideas visually and will use photography assignments to assist them in expressing themselves articulately. SL1: Students will prepare for an participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Particularly, students will be connected through photography and will communicate and engage with one another across borders towards a common outcome– an exhibition, field trip, published book, etc.

NC Essential Standards:

 From the NC Arts Education 9-12 Essential Standards: B.CX.1.2 Explain how art influences historical perspectives on society. B.CX.1.3 Understand how art is used to document human experience. B.CX.1.4 Interpret art in terms of cultural and ethnic context. B.CX.1 Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural  contexts of the visual arts.  B.CX.1.5 Explain the effect of the geographic location and physical environment on the media and subject matter of art historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts. From the NC Arts Education K-8 Essential Standards: 5.CX.1 Understand the global, 5.CX.1.1 Understand how the visual arts have affected, and are reflected in, the culture, traditions, and history of the United States 5.CX.1 Understand the global, historical, societal, and cultural contexts of the visual arts. 7.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts. 7.CX.2.1 Analyze careers in art and a variety of other careers in terms of the art skills needed to be successful. 3.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts 3.CX.2.4 Understand how visual arts has changed and remained the same, with changes in digital media 4.CX.2 Understand the interdisciplinary connections and life applications of the visual arts. 4.CX.2.4 Explain the effect of technology on the way products look and how they are created.   


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Ebone Lockett, CATO Middle College,

Katherine Stallings, PLC Learning Center,

Evonne Peterson, Sedgefield Middle School,

Cancellation Policy

There is a 50% non refundable deposit required at the time of booking. We make every effort to accomodate and be as flexible as possible and are open to flexibility with dates and time changes. We require final confirmation or cancellation of the program within two to three weeks of the program start date.