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Book signing and one-time chance to buy the book is February 26, PDNB Gallery

Dallas, TX – (February 6, 2015) -  Acclaimed photographer and film director Stewart Cohen – who photographed such legends as architect Oscar Niemeyer, musicians B.B. King and Erykah Badu, and primatologist Jane Goodall for his book “Identity” – has now turned his lens to Dallas kids who entered Big Thought's White House-commended Creative Solutions program as adjudicated youth and left with energy and creativity channeled into worthy pursuits.

Celebrating Creative Solutions' 20th anniversary year, Cohen's work appears alongside the kids' first-person stories and art work in his newest book, "A Portrait of Potential." The book debuts to the public on February 26, 6-8 p.m. at a free book signing event with Cohen and photo exhibition at PDNB Gallery (Design District, 1202 Dragon Street #103, Dallas, TX 75207). Books are available for purchase ($125 each,) with proceeds benefiting Big Thought's Creative Solutions program. The books can only be purchased at the event.  The exhibition will remain in the gallery until March 14. Several kids from the program will be at the event to answer any questions on their experiences in Creative Solutions.

Since the program's launch in 1995, Big Thought has worked with Dallas County Juvenile Detention to pair adjudicated youth with Big Thought's Creative Solutions art instructors in a seven-week-long group-based art program.  More than 10,000 kids have been through the Creative Solutions program, with many returning voluntarily to help mentor incoming classes or join as staff. Alumni have gone on to attend college, establish careers in the arts and other lines of work, and create their own community outreach programs.  In a pre- and post-study measuring 11 social skills and problem behaviors, kids improved in every area.

Reflecting the kids' achievements, Cohen chose an organic approach that mixed light, atmosphere and some post-production artistry resulting in work that has a look and style of its own. In each photograph, the kids' identities and optimism radiate from within and shine through to the audience.

“I wanted to create a body of work that will stand the test of time and make a positive impact for Big Thought's Creative Solutions program,” said Cohen. “Our hope is that people find the work as empowering and moving as are the kids and their motivation to succeed.”.

About Big Thought

For more than 25 years, Big Thought has worked to innovate education in Dallas by providing youth with access to creative learning programs to help them imagine possibilities, excel academically and contribute to their community. Driven by its mission to make imagination a part of everyday learning, Big Thought develops campus and community based programs that impact academic achievement and address youth development by connecting classroom objectives and traditional teaching methods with arts, culture and creative learning. Through its partnerships, Big Thought serves more than 100,000 Dallas children, families and teachers each year, both in and out of the classroom. Learn more at http://www.bigthought.org/.

For more information:

Christine Rogers


Direct: (214) 364.7049