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Local Students' Photographic Scavenger Hunt Exhibited Via Massive Photo Collages at Getty

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There are many reasons to love the J. Paul Getty Museum: the unique gardens, the outdoor concerts in the summer, the beautiful views of the city and the ocean, the free admission (can't help but love that, right?). Another reason we hold the institution in high regard, though, is its extensive philanthropic work that directly benefits the Los Angeles community.

In addition to providing talks and tours to the public, free field trips to the museum for local schools, and free art education workshops for teachers, the Getty also gets kids creating art through its Getty Artists Program.

Each year one professional artist is selected to design and implement a hands-on project for local students. This year, photographer John Divola handed out digital cameras and assigned participants to embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. The kids were instructed to focus their lenses on specific, everyday subject matter, including heads with helmets or hats, brightly colored shoes, skies, and doors or doorways.

"John's project offered students at very different levels a chance to engage with the Getty's collection while creating collaborative, unique artworks that we are delighted to share with our visitors," shared Toby Tannenbaum, assistant director for education at the museum, in a release. Elementary and college students were involved in the project.

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Divola said in a release: "As photographers we delight in the medium because it generally pulls us out into the world, both literally and figuratively, in a heightened sense of awareness. This project presents a straightforward invitation to that process for students."

The project resulted in giant photo collages, each once centered on one of the assigned objects. The collage exhibit opened today and will be displayed indefinitely at the Getty, so head on over to check out the work of some future Los Angeles artists.

Museum hours are:
Tuesday-Thursday, Sunday: 10am-5:30pm.
Friday & Saturday: 10am-9pm.
*The museum will be open on Fridays until 9pm through September 21