In the back of the studio, the Astrid and G. David Ellis Gallery contains letters from the students to local government officials. Photo courtesy of Joy Powell/Connect.
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Through Our Eyes: Local k-12 students express community concerns in new exhibit

Lining the walls of The Studio@620 is the Art and Architecture display of student photography of murals, architecture and people in downtown and midtown St. Petersburg. Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond, a photography gallery featuring the works of K-12 students will be open from now until Jan. 28.

 The gallery showcases some of the work produced by students from the Journalism and Multimedia programs at Melrose Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and Lakewood High.

In the back of the studio, the Astrid and G. David Ellis Gallery contains letters from the students to local government officials. The letters address Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Governor Ron Desantis. Grego and Kriseman attended the opening reception Jan. 11 and addressed the entire gallery with praise and encouragement toward the students.

The letters vary in subject from pollution and climate change, to the pier, LGBTQ+ rights, “failure factories,” gun control and even improving the school bathrooms. While the letters vary in subject, each shows that these local students care about their communities. Speakers at the reception said that continuing this relationship and encouraging it over time is the reason for the exhibit as a whole.  

The gallery will be on display from Jan. 11 – Jan. 28. Admission is free.

Taste of MidTown and Beyond will include food from local restaurants at the showcase Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit The Studio @ 620’s website or Facebook page.

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