Houston Matters

Empowering High School Students Through Photography

Houston Matters learns about Through the Lens Houston, a nonprofit after-school program that teaches high school students photography skills.

Of 400 submissions, only 64 photographs made the cut for the 22nd annual Eye on Houston photography exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The twist for this exclusive showing is that these are works from disadvantaged high school students from HISD who have learned their craft from Through the Lens Houston, a nonprofit after-school program that offers kids much more than just the camera and Photoshop skills they sign up for.

Terry Merwin, the founder of the program, spent years as a teacher. Then, two years ago, she followed her own passion for art by founding a Houston organization that aims to empower young minds using a camera as their tool. Along the way, the students picked up course credit and created a portfolio they can show to colleges. An exhibition at a highly prestigious art museum? Well, Paige Phelps found that’s just he cherry on the cake.