Jump-Start Performance Co.
Fotofocus is a photography program designed for special needs populations in community settings such as schools, human services organizations, retirement homes, and other agencies. It began as a pilot program with immigrant youth from Central America at the Baptist Children’s Home. Through photography, participants explore their own creativity, expand their personal horizons, enlarge their vision of the world, and learn the basic principles of photography.
Annele Spector is the Education Program Manager of Jump-Start Performance Co. Jump-Start has multiple education programs that serve diverse populations, from elementary school students in SAISD to adults with mental illness. Annele has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a writer, performance artist, fire dancer and a good listener.
Fadela G. Castro has been an artist, photographer, and educator for over ten years in both Mexico and the U.S. Her public art pieces and installations include photography, mosaic pathways, and painted murals. She has been shown nationally and internationally in both solo and group shows at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Fotoseptiembre, and El Centro de la Imagen amongst others. She was born in Africa, grew up in Mexico City, and currently lives in the United States. Her educational outreach has been facilitated by many arts organizations including Jump-Start Performance Company, Gemini Ink, VSA Arts of Texas, Eva’s Heroes, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. She is the co-founder of Fotofronteras; a vocational photography course designed for youth in detention.