The Diane Dammeyer Initiative Youth Photography Project was established in 2017 to promote photography as a tool of self-expression and to give voice to the youth in the USA and beyond. Each year young photographers have the opportunity to document their surroundings, consistently demonstrating their voice and ideas in capturing fresh visions of their world. The workshops cover basic photography techniques including composition and creative observation and are taught and assisted by alumni of the Columbia College Chicago Photography BFA and MFA degree programs. Professor Peter Fitzpatrick oversees the stewardship/mentorship of the Diane Dammeyer Initiative activities. ​​​​​​​
Without the generous funding support from Diane Dammeyer, an alumni of the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago, and her husband Rod Dammeyer these activities would not be possible. 
Canon USA is a valuable partner to the initiative providing in-kind support for many of our projects.
The Diane Dammeyer Initiative Youth Photography Project has delivered workshops in partnership with 
Eyes on Main Street Photography Festival, Wilson North Carolina
The Spot - After School Care
Save A Youth - After School Care
Sallie B Howard - K-8 School
Diversified Opportunities Inc. - Vocational Center
Integrity Unlimited CDC - Health and Wellness Center
Vick Elementary - K-8 School 
Smart Museum, University of Chicago - A Project by Wendy Ewald
Centro Romero, Chicago Illinois
Camera for Kids - Projects by Dan Wessell
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota 
Audubon Technology and Communication Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin 
Pingyao International Photography Festival - A Project By Peter Fitzpatrick
Pingyao Modern Engineering and Technology School, China​​​​​​​
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