Tuscarawas County Latino students explore culture through photography

NEW PHILADELPHIA – For Dover High sophomore Daisy Raymundo, taking part in a summer arts camp provided a chance to explore her own Guatemalan culture through photography.

“It has helped me not only learn more about who I am, and what my culture means to me,” the 15-year-old said. “It has helped me really connect more to my family and to the people who are part of where my parents come from.”

She said her imagery of clothing and food “shows how colorful and beautiful our culture really is.”

Photographs on display during the opening night of the Adelante Arts Camp exhibit held at the Tuscarawas County Public Library in New Philadelphia.

Her work, and that of nine other Latino and Hispanic students in grades six through 12, is on display at the Tuscarawas County Public Library, 121 Fair Ave. NW. They created their images and accompanying narratives in the Adelante Arts Camp held over the summer. Adelante is Spanish for “go ahead.” The camp’s theme is “Art That Moves Us Forward.”

The camp was inspired by the Latino Mural Project that the Tuscarawas Arts Partnership and the Tuscarawas County Public Library System organized in summer 2021. Students collaborated on the mural “Brighter Together” on the east side of MAD Bros. Games & Hobbies at 139 W. High Ave. in downtown New Philadelphia.

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Attendees of the opening night of the Adelante Arts Camp exhibit enjoy refreshments at the Tuscarawas County Public Library in New Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Joseph Welty Middle School seventh grader Araceli Ajanel Herrera participated in both projects.

In the narrative accompanying her photography, Araceli said she learned how to take a proper picture and edit it to make it better.

“I feel good about the pictures I have taken because I can remember the moment I took the picture and have a good memory,” she wrote. “I like to take pictures of different things – family, new places and desserts.”

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