Crealdé School of Art created Storytellers in 1996 as an outreach program that brings dignity to underserved communities through the artistic expression of teens, who learn the process of documentary photography from perception to exhibition.
Since the establishment of the program in 1996 by Crealdé's Executive Director Peter Schreyer, young artists from diverse Central Florida communities have been introduced to storytelling through black-and-white photography, sharing their unique vision of community, family and place in history. Students learned to use professional 35mm cameras, allowing them to complete assignments and field trips to tell the story of their everyday lives. They developed their film and learned how to print their own photographs in Crealdé's darkroom facilities. They gathered information about their subjects and worked with instructors to develop picture ideas. In 2010, Storytellers shifted to the use of digital-SLR cameras as well as computerized editing software. Over the course of the program, students can now learn digital shooting techniques, caption-writing and photo-editing basics. The digital photography lab at Crealdé's Hannibal Square Heritage Center was established in 2009 thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Florida.
Traveling exhibitions of Storytellers have been organized by Crealdé, touring Central Florida libraries and community centers, including a showing in the Supreme Court building at our state capital in Tallahassee. In addition, this project has been featured on two covers of Florida Magazine and was voted Best Arts Collaboration in 2000 by United Arts of Central Florida.