Eye on Third Ward showcases photographs by students in the Magnet School of Communications at Jack Yates High School. Since 1995, photography classes at Yates have focused on Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood, and select images are presented in the annual Eye on Third Ward exhibitions at the MFAH.
A historically black community, Third Ward is home to many important political, cultural, and educational organizations as well as strong religious and community groups. The neighborhood is surrounded by two universities, the Medical Center, Museum District, and Interstate 45. Yates High School’s photography teacher, Ray C. Carrington III, challenges each student to record images that express Third Ward’s distinctive identity. Students take photographs during class time as Carrington walks with them through the neighborhood.
After 17 years, the Third Ward neighborhood continues to yield surprising discoveries. For the 2012 exhibition, many of the talented teens not only capture daily life in Third Ward, they also record personal moments and self-reflections about their faith, their future, and their transition into young adulthood. Along with the photographs, they share statements and poems that offer a glimpse at these students' views of the world around them and their place within it.
The Yates High School Photography Program and the "Eye on Third Ward" exhibition receive generous funding from the CFP Foundation; the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; and the Tri Delta Art Show for Charity, Inc.
All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.