Photography Instructor Jim Cooke has offered photography classes to The Arc of Madison Cortland for over 10 years. His students enjoy expressing themselves and showing the world what they see through their eyes.

SUNY Morrisville’s students from Leigh Yardley’s art class were the jurors who selected 10 out of 29 photographs for the Through Our Eyes Art Exhibit.

Visit the show and see art and the world through the artist’s and the juror’s eyes.

The purpose of the showing is to promote community inclusion and understanding between photography students with a developmental disability and the college student community.

The fundamentals of the project: It is well established that the arts: music, painting, photography, and literature (to name a few) have a therapeutic benefit to all members of our community including community members with disabilities.

The Arc of Madison Cortland has for many years offered photography classes taught by volunteer photographer Jim Cooke, these classes provide an opportunity for people with developmental disabilities to express themselves artistically.

Associate Professor Leigh Yardley’s art students from SUNY Morrisville selected 10 photographs from Jim Cooke’s photography students. Both the photography students and the college students share their impressions. It is this collective vision of sharing that represents the title of this project “Through Our Eyes.”

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.