Program History

Since 2000, we have offered 10-week introductory and advanced level photography classes to adults throughout rural southeast Ohio.  The majority of APP photographers have had no experience in the arts prior to entering our program.  Benefiting from the artistic process and a supportive arts community, most of these individuals choose to participate in the APP on a long-term basis, completing several 10-weeks classes, and often several years of artistic development in photography.

Our classes encompass photo history, take-home photography assignments, art critiques, technical education, and peer support.   This class model integrates the educational goals present in college level photography classes with the goals of mental health recovery.  All classes are led by professionally trained photographers who are assisted by Ohio University photography students and senior level Athens Photographic Project students serving as Mentors.  Our classes are offered at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, and are free of charge to adults receiving clinical support for a persistent mental health condition.
This in-depth arts experience is made possible through generous donations from our community members, partners, and sponsors.  To learn how you can participate in, or support future classes,click here