EVC Launches New Media Arts Apprenticeship

PR_NewMediaArtsNEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 2014. The Educational Video Center (EVC) is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative New Media Arts Apprenticeship for NYC teens. Combining EVC’s media arts curriculum with digital animation and graphic design skills, this two-part apprenticeship teaches youth to “remix” footage from EVC’s award-winning archives of youth produced media and create an interactive social issue trans-media website. “Our New Media Arts Apprenticeship is an exciting way for EVC to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” says EVC Founder and Executive Director Steve Goodman. “Teaching our students cutting edge digital media skills at the same time grounding them in their own local community history honors our legacy, and cultivates the next generation of EVC’s young media artists. And we couldn’t have done it without the support and partnership of the TechFoundation.”

The first part of this credit-bearing workshop begins this spring at EVC’s newly outfitted maker space. Coordinated by EVC alumna and workshop Co-Director Christine L. Mendoza, and two digital media teaching artists, Corey Boling and Lindsay Harris, each of the twenty-five participants have access to a Mac workstation and receive hands-on training with industry-standard programs like Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, in addition to applications including Mozilla Popcorn and Aniboom Shapeshifter. This new equipment and design software are funded in part through a TechGrant from the TechFoundation. “EVC thoughtfully combines technology and an experiential learning model to attract and train the next generation of social entrepreneurs. TechFoundation is proud to provide financial and technical support to expand the reach of EVC,” according to David Altshuler, Executive Director of TechFoundation.

EVC will present work from this apprenticeship at the Digital Media and Learning Conference in Boston this March and celebrate the launch of the students’ transmedia projects with a public exhibition at the end of the semester in June. These events are part of EVC’s 30th anniversary celebrations throughout the year, including the “Through Our Eyes” retrospective series and the annual spring Benefit Premiere Screening and Fundraiser at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.