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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

  1. 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:
    1. Free film screenings for Boys and Girls Club members and their families
    2. Free family-friendly screenings during the summer throughout the region
    3. Student internships/fellowships on film sets and within AVFS
    4. Field trips to neighboring film festivals
  2. PROJECT-BASED FILMMAKING – The objective of this program is to provide hands-on, project-based film classes. Activities include:
    1. Project-based Summer Film Camps with instruction from local, professional filmmakers.
    2. Annual student film competition in concert with the Alexander Valley Film Festival.
    3. Standalone Master Classes with subject-matter experts such as Animation Workshops with Pixar Animators. 
  3. INTEGRATED MEDIA LITERACY – meeting students and teachers in the classroom with integrated arts instruction
    1. Full Circle Cinema program which combines integrated arts instruction and video-skills building in regular classes
    2. NEW FOR DISTANCE LEARNING: The A/V Cart – pairing a film with a speaker or subject area expert.

2019-2020 AVFS Education programs were made possible through funding from the following Adam Burke Student Funders:

Ann & Dale Amtower
Delores & Gary Arabian
Austin Basis
Deborah Bertolucci & Rick Klug
Russell Bertuccelli & Joanne Menapace
Candi & Bob Bialon
Grace Bockelman
Pauline Bohm & Michel Rodrigue
Marc Bommersbach
Kristina Borchardt & Gabrielle Simmons
Lucia & Ernest Boutte-Osborn
Jenness Brewer & Terry Heckler
Carrie Brown
Susan Campbell & John McKinney
Douglas Chamberlin & Alison Finch
Margaret Clarson
Jan Connors
Patricia Dahl
Carol & Manny Diaz
Julie Dilley & Tom Foster
Joseph & Sandra Dobbins
Johnny Drake
Ann Elston & Larry Lossing
Barbara Epstein
Renay & Michael Fanelli
Walter Gendell & Jack Fitzsimmons
Jenny & Rick Gomez
Mark & Beth Hanson
Stu & David Harrison
Bonnie Headley

Dan Henkle & Steve Kawa
Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
Melanie Johnson
Kiwanis Club of Healdsburg
Brandon Krueger
Kathy Laglia
Barbara Lannin
Steve Magnum
Marjorie Mann
Carl Milfeit
The Miner Anderson Family Foundation
John & Em Minor
Sharon & Jim Olson
Bill Pesonen & Roy Flores
Helen Philip
Renee Roe
Jane Rosenberg & Steve Deas
Rotary Club of Healdsburg
Deborah & Tony Rust
Bob Schneeweiss
Good Shepherd
Jan & Brent Stanley
Kirsten & Steve Tellez
Mark Thayer & Jean Herscheade
Barbara Tomber & Don Matthews
Victor & Cindy Trentadue
Kathleen & Peter Turbott
Amy Velasquez
Dianne & Mark Vernon
Madeline & Dick Wallace
Norm Webb
Mary Jo Winter/Management Connections

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