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Jacob Burns Film Center Receives $10,000 Grant

A $10,000 grant will support the Jacob Burns Film Center's visual literacy education programs, the organization announced Monday.
A $10,000 grant will support the Jacob Burns Film Center's visual literacy education programs, the organization announced Monday. Photo Credit: Submitted

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- A $10,000 grant will support the Jacob Burns Film Center's visual literacy education programs, the organization announced Monday.

The grant, awarded by First Niagara Foundation, will engage 14,000 students through school and youth service organization partnerships at the center's media arts lab in Pleasantville.

“First Niagara’s grant towards the Visual Literacy Education Programs will help allow more than 7,000 students from underserved communities to participate at no cost,” Emily Keating, Education Director at the Jacob Burns Film Center, said in a news release. “Our education programs help students sharpen their critical thinking skills, expand their technical facility and strengthen their ability to communicate using digital media."

The visual literacy program includes digital storytelling, video creation, animation, documentary filmmaking for students and professional development workshops for teachers. The programs take place throughout the year.

“Youth and education are important elements to the Westchester community and we are very pleased to support initiatives that are so focused on growing the minds of our students," tri-state regional president of First Niagara Cathie Schaffer said. "First Niagara is proud to contribute to programs that facilitate 21st century learning, particularly for students that might not have access to these exciting educational opportunities."

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