Media Arts and Film Program
WDS has obtained a NYSCA grant to start an AfterSchool Media Arts and Film program for children from other areas of Ulster County who do not have access to learn about Media Arts.
WDS will create a more inclusive and equitable Media Arts program allowing greater access to filmmaking and media arts education.
“The arts have long been a critical sector in our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York, it’s essential we do all we can to help this industry thrive once again,” Governor Hochul said. “These awardees represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer, and with this funding in hand, they will be able to not only continue their creative and inspiring work, but help spur revitalization in their own backyard as well.”Governor Kathy Hochul
“Equity in education requires putting systems in place to ensure that every child has an equal chance for success. WDS has a robust Media Arts program that is valuable to students from all cultures. Creative expression brings new voices to a broader audience and accelerates conversation across populations on the struggles of our society.”WDS Executive Director, Jennifer Cinti
Film and Media Arts are a significant industry in Ulster County. This creative curriculum will help empower youth in filmmaking and assist in other areas of their lives through problem-solving, and communication.
Students will gain experience and confidence working on equipment with access to numerous WDS connections; there will be opportunities to meet working professionals and obtain work experience. The program has led many WDS graduates to study film and media arts in college and helped generate access to private sector jobs.