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Above left, Stuart Grauer, head of The Grauer School, co-curated the “Get Outside” photography exhibit with photographer John Rowe. Courtesy photo
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Photographer inspires Grauer School students

ENCINITAS — From November 2019 through June 2020, photographs captured by award-winning photographer, filmmaker and humanitarian John Rowe will be featured in The Grauer School’s Meyer Hall. The new exhibit will be open to the Grauer School community and will also be featured during the school’s seasonal open house days and available by appointment.

The exhibit is centered around eight photographs that embody and celebrate the campus-wide theme “Get Outside.” This initiative aims to inspire students to treat the world as their classroom. The “Get Outside” theme is designed to promote both physical and mental health, as neurologists have found that nature can reduce stress and increase concentration levels.

Over a third of the Grauer campus is a nature preserve. Sage, morning glory, wild honeysuckle and California live oak trees provide shelter to sparrows, owls, and 14 varieties of butterflies in the school’s preserve. Sustainable living is also incorporated into school curriculum, with classes on gardening, composting, and cooking. Students utilize the herb and vegetable gardens as well as the orchards and chicken coop to create farm-to-table dishes.

“The Grauer School is proud to collaborate with the accomplished artist John Rowe to bring this important lesson to life,” said Stuart Grauer, Head of School, who co-curated the exhibit with Rowe.

Rowe, a Grauer alumni parent, has spent more than 20 years documenting nature, people and cultural stories in countries around the world. His extensive work in photography and film has earned him numerous awards including the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award, recognizing Rowe as one of the world’s most extraordinary explorers.

Rowe is a contributor for numerous websites and publications including CNN, Al Jazeera, and NBC News. His photographs were also featured in National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary of National Geographic Photography and the Power of Photography exhibition at the Annenburg Space Museum in Los Angeles.

Best known for his efforts in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley region, John Rowe has worked for years to end the practice of “Mingi,” the ritualistic killing of children that results in the deaths of up to 300 children per year. Rowe is the co-founder of Omo Child, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and providing for Omo children and ending the “Mingi” practice through education initiatives and humanitarian support.

At the end of the school year, the photos in the “Get Outside” exhibit will be auctioned off to raise funds for The Grauer School’s Community Scholarship Program that provides tuition assistance to deserving scholars.