THE GOAL OF THE SPARKS: DIGITAL MEDIA ART LAB, IS TO OFFER CONTEMPORARY CREATIVE ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY TO YOUNG, SOCIO ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE WITHIN THE GREATER LYNCHBURG AREA.
NOW LOCATED IN STUDIO 110 ON THE FIRST FLOOR
THROUGH THE ARTS AND IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS, SPARKS OPENED AT RIVERVIEWS ARTSPACE OFFERS YOUNG PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN DIGITAL AND CONTEMPORARY CREATIVE SKILLS.
While keenly interested in the medium, the technology necessary is not readily available or affordable at either school or home – denying teens and young adults the opportunity to obtain valuable skills that would enable them to be more competitive in the employment market. Therefore, by providing a Digital Media Lab with workshops and programs, we are providing opportunities for the community to learn digital literacy—a skill all will need as digital technology becomes more pervasive and necessary for expertise in the field.
These skills will be imperative to better employment. Especially for the youth who cannot afford to continue education post high school graduation. It will help break this cycle of perpetuating poverty.
We thank our generous sponsors the Best Buy Foundation, ELRO Trust of the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, and the Easley Foundation for making this exciting program possible!
FOSTERING COLLABORATION WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY
Riverviews Artspace is proud to be involved in on-going partnerships with the Lynchburg community.
Through our relationship with Lynchburg City Public Schools and the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, we are able to provide on-going arts classes for young students. Students utilize a variety digital tools within the SPARKS digital media lab, as well as more traditional mediums through hands-on classes in their school.
In collaboration with Lynchburg’s Office of Economic Development and their TechHire program, we are also offering classes to teens from the Empowerment Academy. For years, Lynchburg’s employers have shared that finding qualified talent to fill their open jobs is the most significant challenge to doing business in Lynchburg. The aim of TechHire is to place Lynchburg citizens who are willing and able to work in middle and high skill jobs. In the program at Riverviews, we are training in the latest software and skills in a variety of fields, such as graphic design, photography, and illustration.
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Contact Stephen Kissel / Education and Media Manager – email@example.com