PIE CaseLAB® Receives ArtsWave Capital Funds Supporting Career Tech in Film Production & Video Programming
CINCINNATI – (March 27, 2018) Cincinnati-based Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) recently received a $10,000 Catalyzing Impact Capital Project Grant from ArtsWave, the planner, promoter and fundraiser of the region’s arts, in support of capital equipment for a new program it is launching with the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). The ArtsWave grant funds the sound, film, video, editing and camera equipment necessary for the program. The PIE program allows students a “hands on” experience in film production, programming, editing and sound design. The program will not only allow the students to gain real-life career skills using this equipment, but they also will have the opportunity to learn from skilled mentors working in these fields, in addition to receiving Career Technical Education credits.
“The School for Creative and Performing Arts has always had a focus on pre-professional training in the arts. We’ve recently expanded our curriculum to include digital storytelling through film making. This ArtsWave funding will put the digital storytelling/film making tools in our students’ hands, enabling them to hone their craft,” said Nick Nissley, Ed.D., Executive Director for SCPA.
ArtsWave President & CEO Alecia Kintner added, “ArtsWave knows that up-to-date equipment and technology is vital to achieving classroom learning objectives, and this is just as true in creative fields as it is in other fields. We are glad to be able to support this upgrade to SCPA’s offerings and know that it will have lasting benefits for students involved in these programs.”
“This authentic mentoring and learning program not only engages kids to expand their communication skillsets in preparation for college, but it also offers ‘hands on’ vocational experiences in high-demand skilled trades such as pattern makers, electricians, costumers, hairdressers, welders, painters, millwrights, etc.,” said Mary Welsh Schlueter, CEO for PIE.
During the program, local students will learn how to use the equipment in a studio that will be developed on the SCPA campus. Companies such as Life’s Eyes Media and Stages for Youth are partners in this program. In the next year, non-profits Film Cincinnati, Girls Who Code, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Young Entrepreneurs Institute will provide authentic experiences with visiting movie, documentary, TV and digital personnel including career development in drone videography, light design, 3D set design, business analytics, electrical engineering and costume design.
Partnership for Innovation In Education (PIE) develops transformational educational tools preparing the 21st century workforce for success in the global marketplace. With its CaseLab® program, PIE features first-ever career simulation and mentoring alliances with business, education and arts organizations, providing hands-on learning in the K-16 classroom. PIE is a 501c3 nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, awarded the GuideStar Nonprofit “Platinum” Ranking and is an Ohio School District Partner. For more information, visit https://piemedia.org or follow @PIE_Innovation on Twitter.