Media arts influence and dictate culture; they contribute to how communities are seen and understood on a global scale. More importantly, media arts affects how communities see themselves. Black and Indigenous imagery throughout film history are built upon hurtful stereotypes and depictions, spreading misrepresentations worldwide, while creating insecurities within the sacred understandings of ourselves.
The Bottom Line?
We collaborate with Indigenous and Black youth across the United States to provide access to socially minded, project-based arts and media education. Over the course of one week, students create a project of their choosing from pre-production to post.
Since 2015, we have collaborated with over 50 young people from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, as well as partnered with several organization on the reservation who are also providing community based programming. Each year, over 50% of our campers return, often until they age out of our programming.