The focus of this summer program was two fold. With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement due to the social unrest that exploded in 2020, the students wanted to highlight the incredible contribution of several leading African Americans by creating 2 to 3 minutes vignettes. Over the 5 week summer program, students learned how to use the latest camera equipment, how to produce their own music, and wrote monologues, to tell the stories of some influential Black Americans.
We also began our Master Class series where we invited several artist who are Masters in their fields to do virtual Master Classes, which the students filmed as well. Buster Williams, who is a giant in the jazz world, has a 60 year career that has awe'd crowds all over the planet; Arthur Taylor has performed in theaters throughout, and has taught dance and acting in the Camden area for several decades; and Suzette Ortiz is a stunning keyboardist, who has played all types of music, with her signature accomplishments being in education - exposing youth to musical cultures all over the globe.
Click on the link below to visit the page with the vignettes and the master classes.
July 2019 marked the beginning of the IDEA Summer Media Arts program funded by Subaru of America Foundation and the Camden County Cultural Heritage Commission, in association with Rutgers Department of Childhood Studies in Camden, NJ. The 6 week program brings together students from the Camden area, who will learn or sharpen their skills together with local teaching artists in Graphic Design, Music Production, and Documentary Film making. The program allows students to work in groups towards a final project that will be presented at the end of the program. In its 25 year history, IDEA has always provided a venue for youth to find their voice through art, and exercise their creative spirit. This summer’s media program seeks to continue that rich history.
In June, we began our 2019 Summer Program sponsored by Subaru with a team of students to create a video on Subaru's Love Garden.