OVERVIEW Spring 2020 February 25, 2020 - May 26, 2020
(Northeastern Pennsylvania)

Social Fabric Collective provides ten high school students with a four month intensive program to master the art and craft of photography, explore the creative process, and engage with the community.

SFC provides a blended learning environment where students are challenged to make images that express their own unique point of view.  In each session, taught by Social Fabric Collective Founder Jamie Smith, students create, share, and critique each other’s photographs in a collaborative group atmosphere.

Each SFC student is supplied with a camera and works at a fully equipped computer workstation.  Students will develop skills that include camera use as well as techniques required to edit, process, print, and archive photographic work. The primary focus of the endeavor is to explore the creative process.

Students will take field trips and participate in significant community projects to broaden their horizons. They will also meet with noteworthy photographers such as Doug Menuez, Henry Leutwyler, Joseph Cartright, Michael Black, Aimee Dilger, and others.

The session will culminate in a gala exhibit of student work at TW Shoemaker Art Gallery. 

A note to the nervous: Classes are designed to challenge all levels and previous experience with photography is not required.  It is much more important that aspiring students posses a lively sense of curiosity and an openness to learning.

SCHEDULE (February 25, 2020 - May 26, 2020)

  • Classes meet every Tuesday (except on holidays) from 4:00pm - 6:30pm Attendance is mandatory.

  • Field trip activities and shooting expeditions are optional - TBA

  • Student Exhibition Date TBA



T.W. Shoemaker ART
312 Wyoming Avenue
Wyoming, Pa 18644

Luzerne County Transit Authority (LCTA) bus #11 stop is approximately 100 yards away at 8th St. and Wyoming Avenue

LCTA Schedules (link)

REGIONAL DATA from 2018 (Wilkes-Barre, Pa)

Population  41,108
Median Household Income  $30,945 (-1.33% decline)
Median Property Value  $77,700
Poverty Rate  28.9%

SCHOLARSHIP LEVELS (Northeast Pennsylvannia Class)

Full                  family* income less than 30k             Tuition: Free

Mid-Level        family* income less than 75k             Tuition: $250

Partial             family* income more than 75k          Tuition: $500


A *family is considered an average of four people. To determine your scholarship level (1) calculate your family's annual income (add the total amount of money your family made last year), (2) divide it by the number of people in your household, (3) multiply that amount by four. (4) The result is your average family income and that number can be used to determine what level scholarship you will receive if you are accepted into the program.

Example of a Mid-Level Scholarship for NEPa: (1) $60,000 family annual income, (2) divided by five people in a house equals $ 12,000, (3) times four equals (4) $48,000 average *family income. 


1.  Please fill out the Scholarship Application Form below.  All fields are required unless marked optional.

2.  Please be sure to calculate and select the appropriate scholarship level when completing Section Two.

3.  When finished, click the 'submit' button at the bottom - an automated message will appear on your screen to verify we have received your form and provide a link to print the Student Waiver.  Please read, print, sign, and mail the waiver back in order to complete the application process.

4.  Once your signed Student Waiver is received we will review your entire application.  Please note: applications with out a signed waiver will not be reviewed and all submissions are considered on a first come, first serve basis.

  • If you are awarded a space we will notify you via email.

  • Spring 2020 classes begin Tuesday, February 25, 2020

SFC PHoto Application Form - Spring 2020

Section 1 - Contact & Personal information
Name *
Address *
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Date of birth. *
Date of birth.
Please use the pull down to select one.
Please ensure you list three of each. Your answers may or may not have anything to do with photography - what you are good at, and in which areas would you like to grow and improve?
For example: medications, food allergies, medical conditions, I.E.P. - Individualized Education Plan, etc. If so please indicate. If you answered "no", please enter NONE.
A character reference, also known as a personal reference, is a recommendation provided by someone who knows you outside of your family. Rather than speaking to your artistic talents or technical photography skills, personal references help SFC get a better sense of to your character and growth potential. This person should know you well enough to feel comfortable talking about your personality strengths and people skills. Examples include your teacher, school counselor, mentor, coach, or an employer. NOT A FAMILY MEMBER. Example John Doe, Teacher, (570) 555-5555 (Name , relationship to scholarship application, & phone number).
Section 2 - Scholarship Information - (OPTIONAL)
Questions 2a - 2c below are optional - if it helps, use them to calculate what level scholarship you qualify for if you are accepted in to the program.
(The total amount of money earned by everyone in your household as reflected on your most recent U.S. Federal Income Tax Form)
(How many family members living in your house are supported by this income?)
Example A: 2a.) $24,000 2b.) 6 people $24,000/6 = $4,000 $4,000 x 4 = $16,000 (Full Scholarship) Example B: 2a.) $30,000 2b.) 3 people $30,000/3 = $10,000 $10,000 x 4 = $40,000 (Mid Level Scholarship) Example C: 2a.) $60,000 2b.) 3 people $60,000/3 = $20,000 $20,000 x 4 = $80,000 (Partial Scholarship)
REQUIRED - Please select your scholarship level *
(Use the number you calculated from 2c and check the appropriate option below)
(Optional) If you are interested in sharing the remaining cost of the classes, please state the amount you would like to contribute.
Please Note: No additional financial information is needed at this time, however, to maintain the integrity of scholarship program you may be asked to submit a copy of your recently filed U.S. federal income tax return (Form 1040) as a condition of the final selection process. This tax return will be used for evaluation purposes only, and its contents will remain confidential. If you are self-employed, a Schedule C or Schedule K-1 form must be submitted along with the first two pages of your 1040.
Section 3 - Submit your Registration Form
Please click on the 'SUBMIT' button bellow to complete the form. An automated message will appear on screen to verify that all the required fields are complete and we received your information.