Paths to Pier 42 Youth Media Collaborative (YMC)
Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Inc.
The Paths to Pier 42 Youth Media Collaborative (YMC) is a leadership development and service learning opportunity that engages teenagers (ages 14-18) in a three month-long empowering, collaborative filmmaking and media arts experience. From July through September 2013, ten talented local youth from Manhattan’s Lower East Side will be paired with professionals that work in multimedia to create video and web content documenting the ongoing Paths to Pier 42 project: a series of community-based art, educational, and design installations and public events along New York City’s East River Waterfront.
With the help of their artist mentors (filmmakers, video artists, documentary makers, and other multimedia artists), YMC participants will use creative thinking and problem solving to create narrative, documentary, or experimental short films (60-120 second works) and develop web content which will be hosted on the Paths to Pier 42 website. A public screening will be held at the end of the project to share the finished works with friends, families and members of the community.
YMC participants will leave the program with a stronger background in media literacy, video production and editing, and storytelling through digital video production. More importantly, in an effort to promote social engagement and awareness within the community, each youth will share his or her story and interests, emphasizing the importance of responsible self-expression through video and video as a tool for social change.
The Paths to Pier 42 Youth Media Collaborative (YMC) will run from July 15 – September 30, 2013. After a one day training kicking off the program, youth will meet once-a-week for two hours with their artist mentors for a total of six sessions, to plan and produce content documenting the ongoing involvement taking place at the Paths to Pier 42 pop-up park site.
In order to introduce YMC participants to creative technology tools while also exposing them to the vast career opportunities in the multimedia industry, internationally-known professionals from various multimedia disciplines will first meet students in their Lower East Side classroom, speaking to students about their education and career paths. In addition, professionals will invite students to visit their place of work, greatly increasing students’ awareness of the types of jobs available in the field.
The focus of the on-going mentorship interactions will be on teaching YMC participants the steps and tools necessary to produce content and create beautiful videos in a simple way using accessible and familiar equipment. Utilizing and maximizing the availability of cell phone cameras and small digital cameras, YMC youth will produce short 60-120 second works about various aspects of the ongoing Paths to Pier 42 project with the help of their artist mentors.
Because the Paths to Pier 42 installations are serving to provide greater community access and awareness about the future Pier 42 park site, YMC participant responsibilities will also include outreach and communication to local partner organizations; building relationships with schools and other youth media organizations; and conducting and transcribing interviews with local residents, community leaders, and the Paths to Pier 42 artists.
Over the course of the program, YMC participant content will be housed and showcased on the Paths to Pier 42 website, as well as other social media (through Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo), providing a public feedback loop for their work that will be used to further our classroom discussions.
A public screening will be held at the end of the project to share the finished works with friends, families and members of the community.comments powered by Disqus