On March 14 (Pi day!), we all traveled to Sugar Hill to see the construction site of the Sugar Hill Complex, which will provide affordable housing, a children’s museum, and an early education center for the neighborhood. We went inside the housing complex with our hard hats, passing through the dry walls and the sounds of construction to the early childhood center/teacher area, where teens will have their artwork shown alongside professional artists! [Read more…]
From its exterior, The Harlem Garage seems like nothing out of the ordinary— just another building that blends into the unique monotony of uptown brick. But, inside, are zesty orange walls covered in vibrant modern art, hammock-like swings in place of chairs, and a group of teenagers working to curate an art exhibit. Yeah, that’s right. A group of TEENAGERS!
While stuck in Virginia for the duration of a week, I slowly began to go insane. Instead of ending up within the confines of a mental institution, I visited the Mariners Museum. This museum caters to the life of Virginians and stores over 60,000 photos and documents that showcase this state’s progression from the early 1700s and on. [Read more…]
Most people think of sleep-away camps with one stereotype- an unpopulated area of land with wood cabins and many different activities for kids and teens to try. However, SOCAPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts) is unique. Instead of being in the middle of nowhere, SOCAPA camps are held on campuses right in the middle of big cities. In addition to having a range of teen programs in the creative arts, SOCAPA stands out for attracting special and creative people. Despite a large percentage of international students and various languages spoken, there was a camaraderie and feeling of community between campers that made the time there even more enjoyable. This camp helps bring together people from other countries through the arts in a safe, yet urban environment.
When I attended SOCAPA in Brooklyn, I had an unexplainably extraordinary experience. As a participant in the 2-week digital photography program I was given a chance to learn from a professional how to develop my skills in using a camera. With my trusty Nikon D5100, a pair of sneakers and some sunglasses, I was able to dive into the New York City scene and create art I never imagined I could have made. [Read more…]
This spring the students of Film Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) program had the amazing opportunity to go with their mentor, Larry Maslon, to the Tisch School Of The Arts building of the New York University, for an enriching opportunity of experiencing a film editing workshop with one of the most prestigious professors of NYU’s film program, Jennifer Ruff. This program has been ranked in the top 3 in the country. The workshop lasted about two hours and since Larry is a professor at NYU, after the workshop, the group had the chance to visit the area of the Graduate Acting Program.
The workshop started with a warm welcoming from Professor Ruff and her assistant, who is one of her current students. Some members of the group shared their personal experiences, questions, opinions and concerns about what goes on during the editing process. Some people from the group had already some experience making films, mostly personal projects they did for fun, and even then, they noticed some of the major issues film editors come across at the time of editing the film. For example, the amount of material you end up throwing away, and cutting because it simply doesn’t work, or is not what the film needs. After discussing previous experiences the professor gave the group some simple, yet incredibly useful and necessary tips to have in mind when editing a film. [Read more…]