We’re back in session!

Fall is in the air and we are finally back inside the classrooms! It’s been quite a busy and difficult couple of months with in-person learning. However, we have finally received the green light! We have been able to continue to evolve throughout these unprecedented times and over the summer we were able to bring our programming back to this “new norm.”

Moving forward, Charleston and Berkley county school districts are still optimistic that we will be able to implement in-person instruction for the remaining school year.  

Here’s a brief update!


Over the summer, we worked with CCSD Expanded Learning (Kaleidoscope) and introduced digital photography to 23 first graders at Jennie Moore Elementary! Whew…Let’s just say it was a VERY energetic experience! The students were so excited to be able to use such an “archaic” device
(Canon PowerShot camera)!

We explored the outdoor campus all while learning about the elements of design/composition. That summer, welcomed two new photography instructors to our roster, Raven Greene and Caroline Carey.

Both instructors will be starting this month!  At Charleston Development Academy (CDA), Caroline has plans to expand and redesign our entire photography curriculum. We are hoping to pick where we left off with Charleston Park Conservatory “Art in Parks” project. Starting mid-October, we will be back at Angel Oak Elementary teaching digital photography as well!


We are excited to announce our partnership with Carolina Youth Development Center. This month we will be teaching Digital Photography and Graphic Design with our new instructor, Andrew Smock. You’ve probably seen his designs at your local restaurant, bar, and/or products such as Charleston Bloody Mary MixCaviar and Bananas, & Pier 101. Our resident fashion guru, Jonatan Ramirez, is currently teaching at both CDA and Lambs Elementary. Hopefully, we will be able to showcase the student’s creations to the public!

Welcome “Aboard!”

We are pleased to announce our newest addition to our amazing board, Elizabeth Nicholson, Attorney at Law. We are looking forward to working together!

As a fourth-generation attorney, Elizabeth F. Nicholson is proud to follow in her family’s footsteps. Elizabeth’s passion for public interest and problem solving naturally led her to practice law and continues to motivate her as she works to achieve results that are in her clients’ best interests.

Elizabeth is an associate practicing in the areas of business and commercial litigation, construction law and litigation, and personal injury. Prior to joining Rosen Hagood, Elizabeth served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable R. Lawton McIntosh, Tenth Judicial Circuit.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Historic Preservation and Community Planning from the College of Charleston and earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Charleston School of Law. While in law school, she served as Treasurer of the Public Interest Legal Society. In recent years, Elizabeth has held leadership positions with several SC nonprofits, including Make-a-Wish SC and Special Olympics SC.

She also enjoys coaching rec league basketball and volunteering at 180Place and Charleston Moves. Elizabeth has a passion for providing opportunities to underprivileged children and communities.


As the nation continues to slowly reopen, we are looking forward to celebrating our mission and continuing fundraising efforts in person! Financial support is key to our daily operation and mission. We are encouraged and inspired by our community.

So, we are always open to any ideas, suggestions, knowledge, profession, etc. that could help us strengthen our mission. Be sure to follow us on all social media platforms for up-to-date news and happenings!

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Again, we do have a future. It will be different, and it will be better. We know this because we know you, our donors, sponsors, and instructors, care so much about our young, talented, and energetic students. Together we will develop a better future.


Greg Colleton
Executive Director