“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Benji Hom is a New York based filmmaker, photographer, writer, and educator. A champion for visual literacy in the classroom, Benji believes that images are an integral form of communication, and people of all ages should learn how to dissect and interpret visuals, especially in the digital age. Benji Hom wrote, directed, and edited “Vecinos,” a short shot on 16mm film about two neighbors who connect over a shared experience. As a photographer, Benji specializes in portraiture and travel photography. He has done product work for the streetwear brand Herb N Fresh and has shot internationally in the streets of Havana, Hong Kong, and Rome.
"TAP has been a formative experience for me. I had little experience as an educator before joining the program, but the things I have learned in my time with CWP and the Teaching Artist Program will stay with me for the rest of my career as a teacher. Both my time attending various workshops and working with sixth-grade at PS/MS 279 have armed me with the tools and experience necessary to keep the classroom fun, engaging, accessible, and full of wonder. TAP has taught me to put the community first and build from there. I am currently a second-grade teacher assistant at VOICE Charter School, a music arts elementary and middle school in Queens, where I incorporate a lot of the strategies and thinking behind being a teaching artist into my full-time role as caretaker and educator."
Most Memorable TAP Moment:
"My most memorable TAP moment was the day that I got to witness all my TAP cohorts present their lesson plans. It was astounding seeing all these people I had been slowly getting to know morph into their teacher personas and really execute on all fronts. I loved seeing everyone in action, and I really got to see, at length, what a talented group we had on our hands. It really solidified for me that I was in the right place. It was also memorable for me because I got to teach my first ever lesson with my partner Sasha. I can remember the stage fright I had before presenting, but once Sasha and I got up there, I think we really knocked it out of the park."
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