Akron Digital Media Center
The ADMC is a community resource that encourages citizen journalism in greater Akron. Its primary goal is to provide the training and tools local residents and organizations need to create news, information and entertainment that challenge and engage our community.
Through a series of free citizen journalism workshops, the ADMC uses classroom and hands-on techniques to train community members to create high-quality, neighborhood stories using digital video, photography, audio and new-media tools. This series of five workshops is led by field professionals who can help hone your skills and produce compelling stories that are important to you and your neighbors. When you complete the workshops, you will be armed with the tenets of good journalism and story production, which will enable you to quickly gain firsthand experience in citizen reporting. You will also gain access to video and photo production equipment, our editing lab and additional engagement opportunities.
Workshops are ongoing and take place monthly. You can get more information about the series or register with the General Application or the Student Application (for those under 18). Once you register, you can just show up for whichever workshops your schedule allows. or the current training schedule, click here.
The ADMC has been integral to the launch of Akronist.com. This partnership with the Akron-Summit County Public Library is critical to reaching Akron and many surrounding communities through existing, online infrastructure and a large community audience.
Akron Symphony Orchestra: Attention Educators!
The Akron Symphony Orchestra (ASO) offers a unique professional development opportunity (for educators of children Preschool through Grade 2) designed to enhance the annual Concerts For Kids experience. In this four-session professional development module, participants will explore, through hands-on activities, small group work, and multimedia presentations, the benefits of symphonic musical experiences on brain development, learning, and socialization. This 10-hour module is approved for Step Up To Quality and Ohio Department of Education professional development credit. For more information visit www.akronsymphony.org or call the Akron Symphony Orchestra at 330-535-8131.
Leaven Dance Company
Our day-long school residencies include workshops in the morning taught by our actors, followed by an afternoon performance.These interactive workshops are thirty minutes in length, held in classrooms with a school teacher present. In the workshops, students engage in creative drama, acting, improvisation, movement, and play production. All workshops are linked to the production to be seen in the afternoon. For information visit www.leavendance.org or call Leaven Dance Company at 330-688-8806.
Magical Theatre Company
Workshops and Residencies
Learn from the pros! Have our professional actors share their talent, skill and training with your students. Tailor-made to meet your needs, we can spend an hour, five hours, five days, five weeks – whatever you want, integrating Drama into the curriculum, teaching Acting, Creative Dramatics, Improvisation and more! Call (330) 848-3708 for availability and pricing.
Learn more about drama with content that meets Ohio Department of Education guidelines. These great learning tools provide curriculum connections which meet the Academic Content Standards issued by the Ohio Department of Education. The Study Guide is emailed to all teachers booking a performance. Hard copies are available at a cost of $5.00 per Study Guide.
For information visit www.magicaltheatre.org or call Magical Theatre Company at 330-848-3708.
Tuesday Musical Association
Tuesday Musical Association has a deep commitment to education and one of the greatest tools it has available is the ability to provide connections between the artists appearing on the concert series and area students. There are several ways this can happen.
A master class is a class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline—in our case, music. The difference between a normal class and a master class is typically the setup. In a master class, all the students (and often spectators) watch and listen as the master takes one student at a time. The student (typically intermediate or advanced, depending on the status of the master) usually performs a single piece which they have prepared, and the master will give them advice on how to play it, often including anecdotes about the composer, demonstrations of how to play certain passages, and admonitions of common technical errors. The student is then usually expected to play the piece again, in light of the master’s comments, and the student may be asked to play a passage repeatedly to attain perfection. Normally, an artist will work with three or four students and the class lasts approximately two hours. These master classes are held at various venues, from university recital halls to library auditoriums. The master classes are attended by other students and the public is always welcome.
Lectures & Demonstrations
The lecture/demonstration is more informal, but greatly enjoyed by the students. There will be a short performance with time for a Q&A session with the students. This can be either an intimate or large group of students.
Sometimes, time allows only an open rehearsal which is exceedingly well received by the students able to attend.
Today, there is great appeal for the multi-day residency experience where the artist(s) spends a few days in town prior to the performance and works with as many students/ensembles as possible. Often, a multi-day residency also permits the artist(s) to reach even further into the community and visit residents living in senior citizen complexes.
Tuesday Musical will also help cover the cost of bus/van transportation for schools or groups bringing more than 20 students to any of the education outreach opportunities it offers. This must be coordinated through the Tuesday Musical office, 330-761-3460.
For more information on educational outreach visit www.tuesdaymusical.org or call Tuesday Musical Association at 330-761-3460.