Changing The Narrative

SFC Artist Lecture Series with Juvenile In Justice Founder Richard Ross

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

  • 5:00pm – 7:00pm (exhibition opening reception, followed by artist lecture)

  • FREE and open to the public.

  • Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 North River St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18711

  • Seating is limited - RSVP recommended (see below) by September 27th to reserve a seat. Day of event seating is first come, first serve.


Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and retired professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey and MacArthur Foundations. Ross was also awarded both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships.

After forty years as a Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ross recently retired and became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate, a volunteer who serves as a voice for abused and neglected children).

His most recent work, the -- In Justice series, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.

As the next Social Fabric Collective Artist Lecture Series speaker he will discuss this comprehensive decade-long documentary project from (35) states illuminating issues affecting young people who are caught up in the justice system and share how this work is being used to advocate for alternatives to incarceration.

An exhibition of Richard’s photographs will be on display in Luzerne County Courthouse from October 2 - October 17, 2019. A portion of that time, October 7-11, 2019, is Juvenile Justice Week.

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More Artist Information:

Ross's work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; National Building Museum, Washington D.C; Aperture Gallery, New York; ACME. Gallery, Los Angeles; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. He was the principal photographer for the Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Museum on many of their architectural projects. He has photographed extensively for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, SF Examiner, Vogue, COLORS, Time, Newsweek, Le Monde and many more. A dozen books of his work have been published including Girls in Justice 2015, Juvenile in Justice 2012, Architecture of Authority (Aperture 2007), Waiting for the End of the World (Princeton Architectural Press 2005), Gathering Light (University of New Mexico 2001) and Museology (Aperture 1988).

SFC Juvenile Justice and Art Education Community Forum with Richard Ross

Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • 10:00am - 4:00pm (morning session 10am-12pm, Lunch 12:00pm-1:30pm, afternoon session 1:30pm-4:00pm)

  • THINK Center, (Basement) 7 South Main St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18701


While formulating this semester’s Changing The Narrative program with our community leaders, it was clear that everyone wanted an opportunity for input and local ownership of the resulting art projects that will be produced.

In the spirit of collaboration, Richard Ross will lead conversations about three components (a theater production, art installation, and publication) of his work that cohorts in our community will adapt and create with a local perspective. What we learn together at the forum will be used to inform cohort project leaders from KISS Theater, and Wilkes and Marywood Univiersities.

Forum Participants:

Richard Ross, Founder Juvenile In Justice, Visiting Artist, CASA Volunteer
Jamie Smith, Executive Director, Social Fabric Collective
Dr. Rhonda Rabbitt, Dean, School of Education, Wilkes University
Cheryl Sobieski-Reedy, Esquire, Juvenile Defender Unit, Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office
David Pedri, County Manager, Luzerne County
John Aciukewicz, Executive Director, CASA of Luzerne County
Angela Zera, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Luzerne County
Nikki Moser, Artist, Assistant Professor of Art, Coordinator of 3-D Studies, Marywood University
Jessica Suda, Artistic Director, KISS Theater
Lisa Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Digital Design Media Art, Wilkes University
Dr. Ashley Hartman, Assistant Professor of Art Therapy, Marywood University
Nancy Sanderson, Executive Director, Northeastern Philharmonic
Larry Newman, Executive Director, Diamond City Partnership
Sara Hoegen Latcham, Curriculum Coordinator, Wyoming Seminary
Jennifer Lema, Designer, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Corinne Chace, Owner, Steadfast Design Studio

The forum is FREE and community members are encouraged to join the conversation. If you or someone from your school, business, or organization would like to be involved please register below.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS who wish to attend the forum, please send an email to request a letter that you can print and ask your school to sign for an excused absence. email: subject: Student Participation Letter

Due to limited space, advanced on-line REGISTRATION using the form below is REQUIRED.

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Past Events

SFC Spring 2019 Photography Exhibition

© 2019 Ashely Ventura-Aguilar / Social Fabric Collective Spring 2019

© 2019 Ashely Ventura-Aguilar / Social Fabric Collective Spring 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

  • T.W. Shoemaker Art
    312 Wyoming Avenue
    Wyoming, Pa 18644

  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

  • Artist Reception

Free and open to the public.


Compassionate Visual Storytelling

SFC Artist Lecture Series with Deanne Fitzmaurice


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • THINK Center
    7 South Main Street
    Wilkes-Barre, Pa

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial and commercial photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice conveys personal, intimate and emotional stories through images. Learn how her method is a blueprint for establishing trust and telling compassionate stories with a humanizing impact.

Deanne has also partnered with foundations and non-profits including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lucile Packard Foundation. She is a Nikon Ambassador and an assignment photographer for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and ESPN. Her commercial clients include Apple, Nike, Google and Facebook. Full bio:

The Artist Lecture Series is a primary way SFC raises money to fund the scholarship program.

More Info:

Compassionate Visual Storytelling, SFC Artist Lecture Series with Deanne Fitzmaurice

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00-8:00pm THINK Center 7 South Main St. Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18701

  • Music by Jamie Anzalone.

  • Hors d’oeuvres from iGourmet

  • Individual tickets are $50

  • Proceeds from this event benefit Social Fabric Collective’s photography scholarship students in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Corporate sponsorship, donor opportunities, or general questions, please contact SFC Executive Director Jamie Smith

Email: Phone: (917) 647-5390

The Invisible Wall

SFC Fall 2018 Photography Exhibition and Fundraiser

THE INVISIBLE WALL project empowers young photographers to visually investigate what divides and unites people. The resulting images strengthen relationships and break down barriers in our region. RSVP below to join us to celebrate their work.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

  • T.W. Shoemaker Art
    312 Wyoming Avenue
    Wyoming, Pa 18644

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

  • Artist Reception, RSVP requested

For sponsorship opportunities and information please contact Jamie Smith:  or  (917) 647-5390

Penn State Wilkes-Barre High School Art Show

“Celebration of the Arts” Opening Reception

Thursday, December 6 – 12:15-1:00 PM
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus
Old Route 115, Lehman, Pa 186277
Academic Commons: Room 103

Snacks & Drinks, Featuring a Musical Performance by the Wyoming Valley West Small Chamber Orchestra. All participants, teachers, and parents are invited to attend.

Exhibit Dates: December 4, 2018 through January 21, 2019
Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Art Gallery

Free and open to the public. Gallery Exhibit Open Monday through Friday - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Except when the campus is closed for holidays or emergencies.)

Congratulations to the following Social Fabric Collective alumni who have photographs in the Second Annual Penn State Wilkes-Barre High School Art Show:

Layne Armstrong, Luis Angel Castillo, Abril Castillo, Megan Lee, Elizabeth Mendoza, Lexi Oster, Maria Perez, Ian Poole, Lennese Prince, Valerie Soto, Maddie Swire, Asucena Vergara, and Sarah Wolfe.

The Roots of Circumstance

SFC Artist Lecture Series with Peter Bohlin

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

  • THINK Center
    7 South Main Street
    Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18701

  • Ticketed Event

Each individual pledge of support of $250 for the SFC Fall 2018 Semester includes a thank you gift of (1) invitation to this private event. (An option to donate a different amount and select to receive additional invitations is available by clicking the yellow button below).

© Matthew Millman

© Matthew Millman

American Institute of Architects Gold Medal award recipient Peter Bohlin designed the first twenty years of Apple’s retail stores and Bill Gates’ home.

Be inspired by his creative vision and learn how design thinking influences our collective human experience.

Peter will be joined by:

Nicholas Snyder (AIA)
Senior Associate
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Jamie Smith
Executive Director
Social Fabric Collective

All proceeds benefit our fall 2018 scholarship program. Information about more benefits or corporate sponsorships can be found on our Donate page or by contacting:

Jamie Smith:  or  (917) 647-5390

Building Community

Photography Retrospective and Artist Reception

Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • LINDE Corporation
    118 Armstrong Road
    Pittston, Pa 18640

  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Free, open to the public

For sponsorship opportunities and information please contact Jamie Smith:  or  (917) 647-5390


Post card image: © 2017 Estefania Pena, SFC Fall 2017

Inward Outward Photography Exhibit

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, Ca 94301

Exhibition:  May 30 to June 24, 2018

Reception:  Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

© 2017 Kelvin Sefah-awuah, spring 2018 student

© 2017 Kelvin Sefah-awuah, spring 2018 student


SFC Spring 2018 Photography Exhibit

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018
T.W. Shoemaker Art - 312 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, Pa 18644

6:00-6:30PM   RECEPTION

  • Meet the artists, get an exclusive preview of their work, and support future student exhibits.

6:30-7:30PM   OPENING

  • Free and open to the public.

© 2018 Emely Genao, spring 2018 student

© 2018 Emely Genao, spring 2018 student


SFC at Fine Arts Fiesta Wilkes-Barre, Pa May 17-20, 2018

Thursday - Sunday, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, Pa

The Fine Arts Fiesta is the most established festival of its kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!

Founded in 1956 by Annette Evans and Alfred Groh as an annual celebration of the Arts in the Wyoming Valley area, the first Fiesta lasted three days and presented music, dance, drama, sketches and displays. Over the years Fiesta has grown to four days, and continues to thrive as the longest-running free event offered in the City of Wilkes-Barre.

More than 60,000 people attend the event with its fine artist and crafter exhibits, broad range of FREE, continuous performances and two festival-sponsored juried art exhibits for students and adults.


SFC Photography Exhibit Preview & Fundraiser

Tuesday, December 19th 5:45pm - 6:30pm
T.W. Shoemaker Art - 312 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, Pa 18644

Meet the artists, get an exclusive preview of their work, and support future student exhibits.

Wine & cheese sponsored by iGourmet

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased on the SFC website's Donate page.

© 2017 Estefania Pena, fall 2017 SFC student

© 2017 Estefania Pena, fall 2017 SFC student



SFC Fall 2017 Photography Exhibit Opening Reception

Tuesday, December 19th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
T.W. Shoemaker Art - 312 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, Pa 18644

Free and open to the public


Featuring images captured this fall by ten Social Fabric Collective photographers, this event is your opportunity to meet a group of young artists and see diverse visual perspectives of themselves, their interests, family, friends, various neighborhoods, local events, and daily life experiences from eight high schools in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

This exhibit is also a chance for everyone to experience how creative thinking can have a positive impact on our community!

While the exhibit is free and open to the public, those who attend are encouraged to join our efforts and bring an item that will be donated to Mt. Zion Baptist Church's Our Daily Bread food pantry in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  (Scroll down for guidelines and list of suggestions.)


Why combine a photography exhibit and food drive?

It is a fair question.  Earlier this fall Social Fabric Collective students went on a trip to New York City.  Part of the itinerary included a visit to the PhotoPlus Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center to hear a talk by Gregory Heisler.  (If you're not familiar with his work, and you are interested in portrait photography do yourself a favor and have a look).  A theme of his presentation was to have intention when taking a picture. Why not apply that same idea to having an intention when exhibiting your work?  The group of students in the fall session is very diverse so finding a common thread in all of their pictures could be difficult.  But finding a common purpose seemed like a natural fit.

Having received scholarships and a loaner camera, our students met weekly to discuss their pictures, listen to guest speakers, and engage in group exercises around the concept of empathizing with other people.  By the middle of the fall session the group transitioned to focus on utilizing it's creative energy and a pay if forward attitude to identify a need in the community.  This opening reception is intended to be something that gives everyone a chance to participate in a fun project that will have a meaningful impact.  

With the help and guidance of some local organizations, here are some statistics that highlight the importance of the issue the students chose to explore:

According to the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO), over 14% of the population in Luzerne County is food insecure.

  • Food insecurity means that individuals or families are so limited in their resources to buy food that they are running out of food, reducing the quality of their food, cutting out meat, feeding their children unbalanced meals, or skipping meals so that their children can eat.

The United Way of Wyoming Valley estimates the number of children in the area under the age of 18 living in poverty has doubled since 2000.

If you need recommendations (besides just bringing the oldest, dustiest can that has been in your pantry for a decade) we've got you covered!  

Social Fabric Collective students have been volunteering for various food banks and distribution centers in recent weeks - It turns out that often times personal items are needed just as much as food - please see below for donation guidelines and a list of items that our outreach has discovered would be most helpful.

You can also visit the Social Fabric Collective Facebook Event Page to RSVP or see what items others are pledging to donate.


Donation Guidelines and Suggestions


Help Social Fabric Collective collect non-perishable food items and other household neciessities for the Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s Our Daily Bread food pantry in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  All donations will be collected at the December 14, 2016 EXPLORE YOUR EMPATHY II photography exhibit (5:00-8:00P.M.  T.W. Shoemaker Art, 312 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, Pa 18644).

All accepted items will be delivered to Our Daily Bread on Saturday, December 17th, 2016, and will be put to good use immediately in feeding the hungry in our area. 

All types of nonperishable food items are accepted.  Unopened personal and household items and supplies are also needed.

We cannot accept perishable or opened items and home canned foods, food that is not in its original packaging or items past their expiration date.

Non-Perishable Food Items

  • Canned meats – tuna, ham, turkey, chicken and beef

  • Peanut butter and jelly

  • Soups

  • Cereal

  • Vegetables and fruit – canned or plastic cups

  • Beans – dried or canned

  • Macaroni and Cheese

  • Boxed Meals

  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce

  • Rice

  • Fruit Juice

  • Sugar and Flour

  • Spices

  • Condiments

Personal & Household Items

  • Beauty supplies

  • Baby items

    • Diapers

    • Wipes

    • Formula

  • Clothing

    • Socks

    • Gloves

    • Hats

  • Hygiene Products

    • Tooth Paste

    • Tooth Brushes

    • Soap – bars, bath soap

    • Shampoo

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Soap – bars, bath soap

  • Shampoo

  • Dish Soap

  • Laundry Detergent

  • Paper Products

    • Toilet Paper

    • Paper Towels

    • Tissues