See Youth Photographers' Work Around Phoenix Area

Kids in Focus display
Courtesy of Kids in Focus

A nonprofit organization that uses photography to mentor at-risk youths is taking its students' photos to locations around the Phoenix area this summer.

Kids in Focus, founded in 2012 by photographer and Arizona Highways contributor Karen Shell, has created a traveling exhibit that features selected works from the 2018-19 program. That follows an opening reception at the Arizona Center in Phoenix and two months at the Scottsdale Civic Center earlier this year.

You can see the young photographers' work at the following locations:

  • Indefinitely: Scottsdale Fashion Square (pictured)
  • Through September: Art Intersection's Gallery 4, Gilbert
  • Through September 15: Children's Museum of Phoenix
  • August and September: Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix

Future locations in Phoenix, with dates not yet determined, include the Found:Re Hotel, Biltmore Fashion Park and artstudio 101.

"Showcasing these moving images to audiences around the Valley, Kids in Focus aspires not only to share the beauty of the work, but also hopes to raise awareness and support for this life-changing program," Shell said in a news release.

For more information about Kids in Focus, visit

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