Workshop Report

FALL 09 "Be the Media" Workshops

Our “Be the Media” workshop series provides local artists, producers, and citizen journalists with opportunities to acquire and improve the skills necessary for successful and powerful independent media-making. We offer an interdisciplinary approach to diverse media arts practices with new technologies, with core focus on creative practice and artistry.

October 4 Digital Preservation

with Nan Ruben

October 17-18 “Community Media” Quilts Project

It’s not all electronic! Share in a collective celebration of the history of community media with this quilt-making workshop. Bring your community media t-shirts that you cherish, but no longer wear, and we will add them to our quilt. Whether you are an experienced quilter and/or sewer, or someone whose always wanted to participate, join us! The final quilt will be auctioned in the Spring ’10 season as part of our upcoming 5th Anniversary Celebration…

October 25 1-5pm Community Digital Storytelling

This two-part workshop is aimed at organizations and citizens from the regional community, to get their stories heard!

  • Lab Pt 1 Script and Pre-production Use digital storytelling as a tool for community engagement and empowerment by exploring mixed media storytelling techniques! Combine written and recorded narration, music and still images, to effectively communicate a compelling vision of yourself and/or your organization. We’re looking for diverse community groups, organizations and individuals to share their stories. This first session lays groundwork for the finished product.
  • Lab Pt 2 – Post Production Work with a “Be the Media” facilitator to creatively edit together digital materials (music, narration and still images) into final product. (*This 4-hour follow-up session by appointment, scheduled between October 26- December 5.)

w/ NYC facilitators: Devorah Hill & Jennifer Wager Devorah & Jen are Community Media Specialists at Manhattan Neighborhood Network with many years of experience working with diverse communities and individuals to make their own media. They have conducted Digital Storytelling Workshops with organizations and conferences around the country.

w/Troy facillitators: Andrew Lynn, Nicole Belanger, Vickie Kerezi and Branda Miller

Dec 6 Web Distribution Cost: $40, *Scholarships available. Your videos can be used to build and strengthen communities! Learn how to take your finished work and strategically distribute it on the internet. We will post videos from Community Digital Storytelling Lab to the internet, demonstrating technical process and illustrating audience targets and social networking. If you have a video to post on-line, or are thinking about making one, this workshop is for you! SCHOLARSHIPS We recognize that while $40 is a pretty good deal for a media workshop, not everyone can afford it. We HIGHLY value diverse groups of workshop participants and encourage anyone who is interested in attending, but unable to pay the fee, to apply for a scholarship. Do you know someone who could use a scholarship? The Be The Media! workshop series is funded in part by New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.