WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Day School and its Media Arts Department have announced the launch of an after-school media arts program in the fall of 2022 for Ulster County youth interested in film and media, but not having access to educational resources on cinema and the media. The goal is to connect area students interested in filmmaking with the award-winning media and filmmaking department at WDS. The program will give more young people the chance to gain experience in the growing Hudson Valley film industry.
The Woodstock Day School Media Arts Program received $ 49,500 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
âThe arts have long been a vital sector of our economy, and as we continue to rebuild a stronger New York City, it is essential that we do all we can to help this industry thrive again,â Governor Hochul said. . “These award recipients represent the best of what New York’s vibrant communities have to offer, and with this funding in hand, they will not only be able to continue their creative and inspiring work, but also help spur revitalization in their own backyard. -court, âGovernor Kathy Hochul said.
âEquity in education requires that systems are in place to ensure that every child has an equal chance of success. WDS has a strong media arts curriculum that is invaluable to students of all cultures. Creative expression brings new voices to a wider audience and accelerates the conversation between populations about the struggles in our society, âsaid WDS Executive Director Jennifer Cinti.
Film and media arts are a major industry in Ulster County. This creative program will help empower young people in filmmaking and help them in other areas of their lives through problem solving and communication. Students will gain experience and confidence in working on equipment with access to many WDS connections; there will be opportunities to meet professionals and gain work experience. The program has led many WDS graduates to study film and media arts in college and has helped generate access to jobs in the private sector.