ABOUT US

Mission statement:
New Lens is a youth driven social justice organization working to assist youth in making art and media about often-underrepresented perspectives. The work is used to address systemic problems, facilitate dialogue, shift perspectives and stimulate action.

Who we are:
New Lens is staffed by a team of 10–20 youths and several adults who are the core artists, media-makers and instructors for our projects. We serve 200 public school youth throughout each year through classes, workshops and advocacy efforts.

Contact us:
rebeccayenawine@newlens.info
Phone: 410-383-7200

Mailing address:
2412 Madison Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217

Site address:
2401 Eutaw Place Baltimore, MD 21217

Fiscal Sponsor Address:
Fusion Partnerships Inc.
1601 Guilford Ave. 2 South
Baltimore, MD 21202

Staff:
Youth Leaders
Evelia Miller
, Director
Taylor Evans, Junior Team Leader
David Blair and Michael Wells, Advocacy Co-Leaders
Christopher Taylor, Operations Manager

Adult Allies
Zoë Reznick Gewanter, Advisor & Senior Producer
Geri Lynn Peak, Advisor
Rebecca Yenawine, Advisor & Founding Former Director

 

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History of Project:
New Lens is an outgrowth of the Kids on the Hill arts-based after school program. As the program evolved, a group of youth leaders emerged who were ready for the next step of art and media production and activism. This entity was created informally in 2006 and officially in 2009 under the fiscal sponsorship of Fusion Partnerships. The project has allowed youth to create commissioned videos, to learn job readiness skills, proficiency in the field of video production and instruction, to create a venue for earned income for the organization and to partner with organizations that could use video to enhance or create a social justice message.

Thanks to our funders and partners:

Funders
Andrus Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
Fund for Change
Isabelle and Zanvyl Krieger Fund
Open Society Institute
Research Associates Foundation
Self Development of People
Sparkplug Foundation
Station North Arts & Entertainment, Inc.
Wolman Family Foundation, Inc.
Youth as Resources

People Investing in People - Self Development of People

Partners
ACLU Maryland
AIRS City Steps
America's Promise Alliance
Arts Every Day
Baltimore Algebra Project
Baltimore Brew
Baltimore City Health Department
Baltimore Energy Challenge
Baltimore Office of Sustainability
Baltimore Racial Justice Action
Baltimore United Viewfinders
Baltimore Youth Initiative High School
Beth Am Synagogue
BMe
Black Voices
Blue Water Baltimore
B'more Healthy Communities for Kids
ChangingMedia
Child First Authority
Coppin State University
Collective Cry
DewMore Baltimore
Elev8 Baltimore
FORCE
Equity Matters
Hollaback
Jewish Community Services
Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation
John Eager Howard Elementary School/Recreation Center
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle
Maryland Institute College of Art
Math Music Money
Paul's Place
Real News Network
Reservoir Hill Improvement Council
SOURCE
Teachers' Democracy Project
Towson University
Urban Health Institute