ArtFire - Photography for Social Change

By tholme On Friday, October 18, 2013 no Comments

Welcome to ArtFire 2.0, or maybe I'll call it Round 2. My first year was a blast and I thank all of you for your support, well wishes, and ideas as I allowed myself to step into an arena that was new for me. My hopes were that my entries, in some small way, could be a part of what keeps our passions, our creative fires, burning.

In preparation for this new season, I realized I could have even more fun...and learn a lot more to extending an invitation to my fellow TLPers, starting with our AMAZING Trainer Team. We are on fire!

What is Service Learning?

The Community Service Act of 1990 defines service learning as:
"a method under which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community; is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community; and helps foster civic responsibility; and that is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled; and provides structured time for the students or participants to reflect on the service experience."

For the past few years. The Leadership program has grown in its commitment to service learning and we continue to look for ways to incorporate service into the work we do with our students.  Past trainer-led projects have included the Soles for Souls shoe drive, can drives, and numerous projects in support of Hurricane Sandy relief.  There are also ways to encourage community service through the arts.  This month features the work of TLP trainer J. T. Liss.  Take a look at how he uses his art to inspire others to serve.


J.T. Liss
Artist Statement

My art is meant to tell a story of life’s experiences. Incorporating images and metaphorical meaning I use the medium of photography to create visual poetry.   My main focus is combining abstract and street photography through the use of layers, paying close attention to angles and reflections to manipulate, while also being open to the art of the scene as it occurs.  This allows me to travel between the realms of surrealism and reality.

Equally important to photography is my passion for helping others.  My background working with at risk youth and the homeless has provided me with the perspective that giving back is my ultimate goal in life.

Combining my two interests I created J.T. Liss Photography for Social Change which uses photography as a means to raise awareness and provide monetary aid to organizations who are creating positive social change.  My belief is that if a new thought can enter the mind, even for the briefest of moments, then change has a chance.

Website -
Facebook -
Twitter - @JTLissPhoto
Instagram - @JTLissPhoto

Bonus!… J.T. has just been invited to be part of a group show that includes some of the best street/urban artists in NYC on Nov 7.  See the attached flyer or contact Mr. Liss for details.

Be there!


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