Need for Media Arts
According to Americans for the Arts, students with consistent access to the arts have higher GPA’s, higher standardized test scores, and lower dropout rates. Media Arts Education fosters self-directed learning and ultimately, developing the full range of 21st Century skills. All media arts students are better-prepared for college and career with skills in communication, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and lifelong learning. Through Media Arts, students are empowered to be cultural participants and engaged citizens. While engaged in the multi-modalities offered through the media arts, students acquire critical new literacies in media, technology, and digital culture. However, youth in our community do not have broad access to these learning opportunities. In fact, of the 1,877 middle and high school students in Northern Sonoma County, less than 250 will have access to a class in digital media or the media arts.
The Alexander Valley Film Lab works to bridge this gap in Media Arts programming. Through creative collaborations, innovative program design, and broad community support, Alexander Valley Film Lab will bring Film Studies and Project- Based Filmmaking to more than 1,000 Sonoma County students.
Media Arts Program Description
The Alexander Valley Film Lab provides programming to youth, ages 3-18, across Northern Sonoma. 55% of the youth we serve come from low-moderate income families and are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch. We serve approximately 60% Latinx and 40% Caucasian students. Participation in this program enriches the lives of students and drives academic success through two categories:
FILM STUDIES - Through Film Studies, Alexander Valley Film Lab will challenge students' minds and expand their world view through regular screenings, field trips, and meetings with professional filmmakers. This program provides:
Free film screenings for Boys and Girls Club members and their families
Free family-friendly screenings during the summer throughout the region
Student internships/fellowships on film sets and within AVFS
Field trips to neighboring film festivals
PROJECT-BASED FILMMAKING - The objective of this program is to provide hands-on, project-based film classes. Activities include:
Project-based Summer Film Camps with instruction from local, professional filmmakers.
Annual student film competition in concert with the Alexander Valley Film Festival.
Standalone Master Classes with subject-matter experts such as Animation Workshops with Pixar Animators.
AVFS Educational programs made possible through funding from the following Adam Burke Student Funders:
Linda & Grumpy Bennett
Kris Borchardt & Gabrielle Simmons
Community Foundation Sonoma County
Walter Gendell & Jack Fitzsimmons
Healdsburg Kiwanis Foundation
Kathy & Tony Laglia
Management Connections/Mary Jo Winter
The Miner Anderson Family Foundation
Ernest Osborn & Lucia Boutte-Osborn
Bob Scott & Tim McDonald
Tony & Deborah Rust
Peter & Kathy Turbott
Amy & Agid Velasquez
Laurie & Norm Webb