Back in October, Hip-Hop Wired reported on #DontStealPossible, a New York City-based movement purposed with ending the education crisis with 143,000 children in failing are schools. Earlier this month, the collective teamed up with famed photographer Jonathan Mannion for the first in a series of free community workshops.
Mannion, whose extensive catalog is essentially a timeline of who’s who in Hip-Hop, gave a group of children, their families, and a curated list of guests a lesson coined “How to Create a Photo Essay.” In discussing his own success in the music and art industries, the shutterbug soon turned the lens on his students in the room.
“When approached about the #DontStealPossible campaign, I immediately thought about those educational experiences that I’ve had throughout my life that helped me to become who I am today,” Mannion said. “At the heart of this project for me is empowering the next generation with the educational tools that they’ll need in order to be truly successful and fulfilled as they move through life. In my own eyes, this project is about communicating the idea that anything is possible in this lifetime, and we need to make sure all of our children are empowered in school with the access to a great education. Regardless of what path you choose, education will be at the core of everything that you do and we must wake up to the crisis our kids are facing in New York City today.”
The event was captured on camera and can be seen in the video recap below. Learn more about #DontStealPossible here.