Arts and Entertainment
July 2, 2013From: Jacob Burns Film Center
Funds will support education programs
Pleasantville, NY - Con Edison has awarded $20,000 to the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville. Funds will be used for year-round education programs taking place in Westchester County schools, community organizations, social service agencies and the JBFC Media Arts Lab. JBFC education programs help students sharpen their critical thinking skills, expand their technical facility, and strengthen their ability to communicate in a digitally, visually, and globally connected world. The contribution will be used for classes in animation, new media, documentary filmmaking, digital storytelling and more.
Con Edison’s support will help make it possible for JBFC to engage more than 14,000 students in grades P-12 in a range of education programs during the school day and out-of-school. Over half of total enrollment will include students from under-resourced school and communities throughout Westchester County who can participate at no cost to their schools or families. “Generous support from Con Edison and our other corporate, foundation and individual donors helps JBFC ensure access to thousands of students who can benefit from fee waivers and scholarships,” said Emily Keating, JBFC Director of Education. Last year, JBFC partnered with nearly 100 schools and youth service providers and over half of the students participated free of charge, including reimbursement of bus transportation.
Over the past six years Con Edison has supported a range of educational opportunities at the JBFC including public tours of the Media Arts Lab which received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status for new construction in Westchester County in May, 2010. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Con Edison, an endeavor that enables us to promote and share techniques in sustainable construction and operations with the communities of Westchester County,” said JBFC Managing Director Dominick Balletta.
The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy, and making film a vibrant part of the community. Located on a 47,500 sq. foot, three-building campus in the center of Pleasantville, the JBFC is just 30 miles outside of New York City. Since the opening in 2001, over 2,000,000 people have seen over 4,500 films from more than 40 countries The campus includes the 27,000 sq. foot Media Arts Lab, the JBFC’s state-of-the-art education center, a creative and educational community for storytellers in the digital age, offering one-time workshops, intensive courses, and weekend programs for children and adults of all ages. To learn more about the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org.