Q: How do I start The Viewfinder Project in my city or at my school?
A: You are almost there by obtaining this curriculum. You need to make sure you have signed and returned the License Agreement before starting. If you obtained a copy of this curriculum online, then you should have signed it electronically. If you obtained this curriculum from a friend, please contact The Viewfinder Project at firstname.lastname@example.org before beginning.
Q: Do I need to be a teacher or a photographer in order to teach The Viewfinder Project?
A: No! The only criteria you need to have is the ability to believe that there is beauty to be found in everything. If you can believe this, then you will be able to lead your students through this journey of self-discovery. The Viewfinder Project lessons are written to help easily guide you through this process.
Q: What ages does The Viewfinder Project target?
A: We target children between the ages of 8 and 14 years, though the curriculum can be adapted for 15-18 year olds or even for adults.
Q: Can I make changes to the curriculum if I need to?
A: You may make changes to the curriculum provided these changes do not alter the lesson dramatically or go outside the vision and mission of The Viewfinder Project. We in fact encourage you to do what you need to make these lessons more appropriate for your situation. Please contact us if you have any questions about what you are and are not allowed to change.
Q: Can students take cameras off-site in order to participate in The Viewfinder Project?
A: We do not recommend that students take cameras off-site while participating in The Viewfinder Project. If you have purchased your own cameras without the assistance of The Viewfinder Project, then you need to make a judgment call as to whether or not your students are responsible enough to care for the cameras on their own.
Q: What if I am unable to purchase cameras or pay for film developing costs?
A: You can always start by asking your friends and family if they would be willing to donate a new or used camera to you. Or you might identify a camera you want all of your students to have and contact the manufacturer to see if they will either donate the cameras to you or offer you a bulk discount. Contact local photography supply stores to see if they are able to assist you in any way. Visit our website at www.theviewfinderproject.com to find out about sponsorship ideas and opportunities.
Q: Can The Viewfinder Project help me with costs?
A: Possibly. The Viewfinder Project is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We therefore might be able to help provide tax breaks to participants and donors in the United States. Please contact us for more details.