Jennifer Fischerover 1 year ago
I agree that fostering creativity is crucial. It will keep children excited about learning and they will understand their amazing potential to truly contribute to their communities when they are confident that they can create and be creativity. Even though I was also part of gifted programs, I never really saw myself as creative until I became an adult and discovered filmmaking and the storytelling capabilities of it. I grew up playing the piano, but saw it as an expressive rather than creative endeavor. Now, I am proud to have co-founded a company that focuses on teaching children and teens to create rather than purely consume media. (And that, as a parent of two little guys, I am very aware of encouraging their natural creative inclinations and big imaginations - yes those rocks are trains, of course - oh and the blankets they are trains too). One of our programs right now is with a group of high school students in East LA. They needed some inspiration so we showed them your Caine's Arcade film and they were blown away and completely inspired. They also want to take a field trip to the Arcade. Inspiration and creativity are catching! Here are a couple of youtube links so that you can see the videos the youth we work with have been inspired to make. (Most were made by youth ages 9-16 and we only guide and teach, they do everything from creating the stories to much of the post-production, depending on the age and time length of the class). http://www.youtube.com/user/scvfilmfestival?ob=0&feature=results_main and http://www.youtube.com/user/MrLeo4GenArts?feature=g-subs-u
I love what you are doing and love seeing all the updates from the Arcade!