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Pleasantville's Jacob Burns Center Participates In Viriginia Summer Retreat

The Jacob Burns Film Center is the only organization teaching media arts at the Turnaround Arts Summer Leadership Retreat in Virginia.
The Jacob Burns Film Center is the only organization teaching media arts at the Turnaround Arts Summer Leadership Retreat in Virginia. Photo Credit: File

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has been invited to participate in the Turnaround Arts Summer Leadership Retreat in Virginia.

JBFC educators will share with administrators and teachers from across the country their distinctive approach to media education programs. Three JBFC educators will present at two sessions during the five-day conference to be held at the end of June. The JBFC is the only organization teaching media arts at the retreat.

This will be the first year that a media arts segment will be included at the retreat. In June 2014, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) published a significant revision of the standards first adopted in 1994. This revision includes media arts as a fifth arts discipline. While the 1994 standards only reflected a nascent use of media within the other four art forms — dance, music, theater, and visual arts — the 2014 standards embrace media as a stand-alone art form.

“We are excited about the opportunity to engage with Turnaround Arts educators and administrators from around the country, who already deeply value arts integration, and expand the conversation to include the creativity, innovation, and collaboration inherent to media making.” said Emily Keating, JBFC director of education.

The first session, Visual Storytelling: Focus on Nature, will teach how science and media can be united to inspire students to appreciate and protect the natural world that surrounds them.

The second workshop, Image, Sound, and Story: Literacy for a Visual Culture, will highlight how the JBFC is redefining the traditional notions of reading and writing in its P-12 curriculum through a series of hands-on projects that emphasize process, challenge-based learning, collaboration, and reflection.

Emily Keating, director of education, will be joined in teaching each session by JBFC educators Aaron Mace and Sean Weiner, who are both senior faculty and program and curriculum developers.

"We are delighted to have Jacob Burns Film Center addressing media arts at our Summer Retreat" said Katy Mayo-Hudson, director of education at Turnaround Arts. "Their approach exemplifies the engaging instructional approaches that we see working in our schools as teachers learn to integrate the arts into their instruction to make learning more engaging, authentic, and fun."

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