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February 2019 Newsletter
Current Programs

Intro to Animation

With Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club 

We have been running an Animation course for elementary and middle school students. These classes provide a hands-on introduction to wide range of tools and techniques including storyboarding, claymation, set building, pixelation animations, digital photography, and voice over audio recording. Students also get to engage with guest speakers who work in a range of creative careers. 
Guest speakers for this program have included, McKinley Dixon, Rapper + VCU Kinetic Imaging Graduate, Amanda Patterson and Anna Kolantis who are both Animators for Martin Agency, and Jason Quarels, Animator for Arts + Letters. We are looking forward to our upcoming guest speakers, Evie Metz, Claymation Animator @ VCU Photo + Film MFA Program and Mike Henry, Voice Actor in the Family Guy. 
Check out some of the hand drawn animations from our Intro to Animation class with Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club!
Hand drawn animation by Justin
Hand drawn animation by Taylar. 

Story Hour

With Peter Paul Development Center at Bellevue Elementary + Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club

For the month of February we read Drum Dream Girl, which was inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers. Students learned about rhythms in their everyday life and got to make spin drums of their own to take home. 

Guest Speakers/Performers for this program have included Gina Adler, Set Costumer + Drummer, Rae Cousins - (Board Member) Attorney, BrownGreer PLC, and @SkinnyyHendrixx (IG) - Musician
Upcoming Programs + Events

Story Hour

Peter Paul Development Center at Bellevue Elementary + Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club

For this month's Story Hour we will be reading Firebird, in which a young girl learns to dance with confidence. We will be doing a collage and drawing activity inspired by the textures in the book, and will have dancers join us as readers and performers.

East End Quilt Collective

Saturday March 9th, 9am–12:30pm
50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond VA

Join us at the Friends of East End Cemetery cleanup for conversation and refreshments. East End Quilt Collective will be hosting a post clean-up reflection for participants to share writing and photographs about their experience, and contribute to the creation of our community quilt. Stay tuned for more details on our East End Quilt Collective Facebook page. 

Intro to Animation

Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, beginning March 12, 2019

We are excited to be able to continue our partnership with Anna Julia Cooper School this spring and begin an Intro to Animation class with students during their in-school activity block. Mitchell Craft who has been teaching our Animation Class at Salvation Army will be leading the group through engaging activities with a focus on stop motion animation utilizing a variety of techniques.

City Studio Spring Break Camp

April 1st – 5th, 2019

We are looking forward to our second session our City Studio spring break camp this coming April, and will be adding 10 new students to our cohort from last year. This year’s group will focus on learning about production design in film, theatre, and animation, and students will be meeting with professionals in the field and taking behind the scenes field trips. 
If you have a middle schooler who might be interested, please reach out to our programs coordinator at jess@oakwoodarts.org
Volunteer Highlight
Going forward each month, we will be featuring inspiring members of our community who have worked with Oakwood Arts. We are kicking off this feature this week with Black History Month, and are honored to share the work of some of our mentors and community leaders. 
Maya Jackson, born and raised in Richmond, VA, is currently a 2019 BFA Candidate at VCUarts majoring in Photography and Film. Her work focuses on challenging photography as documentation, “truthful” imagery, and introspection through self portraiture as a form of meditation.
Maya has been volunteering with Oakwood since 2017, and has been an amazing mentor for students at Peter Paul Elementary. She has also been a part of our ongoing involvement with East End Cemetery, both in cleanups and in our Quilt Collective. 

Top left image by Maya Jackson
Brian Palmer serves on our advisory board and was one of Oakwood Arts founding board members. He is a visual journalist based in Richmond, Virginia. During his 30-year career he has photographed conflict, politics, activism, daily life, and more around the world - and in his own backyard.
Brian is also an integral part of our East End Quilt Collective project as a leader of the restoration efforts at East End Cemetery, and has mentored Oakwood Arts students during our documentary photography program. 

Top right image by Brian Palmer
Brian is currently showing Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers at The University of Richmond, and his exhibition with Erin Hollaway Palmer, The Afterlife of Jim Crow  is showing at 1708 gallery.
UPDATE! Our Building
We are so thrilled to announce that Oakwood Arts now owns 3511 P St!! We could not have made this accomplishment a reality without the support of our incredible donors and community. We will soon begin with restoration work, so we can return to our corner on 35th & P St.
Our second annual SOLSTICE auction is currently in the works and will take place on Saturday, June 22nd.

Stay tuned for further updates and early-bird tickets!
Solstice Save the Date designed by Oakwood Arts Intern Kiersten Marshall. 
Interested in Volunteering for Oakwood Arts?

We are always in need of dedicated volunteers with experience in working with graphic design, web design, costume design, photography, animation, and film and video (editing and production). If interested you can fill out our volunteer form. We would love to have you on our team to help teach classes and guide our students!
Don't have time to volunteer but want to help?
Every bit you give helps us bring inspiring
and experiential learning programs to our community.

Thank you!
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