Jacob Burns Film Center Receives $25,000 NEA Grant For Minds In Motion

Clubs and Organizations

September 11, 2012

From: Jacob Burns Film Center
JBFC Will Partner With Five Yonkers Schools to offer Program to Fourth Graders.

Pleasantville, NY
---The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to engage over 300 Yonkers students in MINDS IN MOTION (MIM) during the 2012-2013 school year. MINDS IN MOTION is an interdisciplinary education program that gives 4th grade students the opportunity to write, storyboard, direct, and produce a stop-motion animated film. The curriculum supports the common core state standards in ELA and math.

"I'm excited for the hundreds of Yonkers public school students who will have an opportunity to learn how to make their own animated films, thanks to the Jacob Burns Film Center and a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts," said Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Yonkers resident. "This program integrates many valuable educational skills into a fun project and gives students a big boost in confidence as well. Along with proud family members and educators, I look forward to seeing these animated films from the Yonkers students when they're premiered at the JBFC Theater."

"Grants like this are vital for sustaining programs like Minds in Motion so that children can continue to build their artistic talents as well as giving them the opportunity to excel in other curricular activities. I would like to thank the Jacob Burns Film Center for the wonderful work that they do with these children and I look forward to watching the program grow in Yonkers as well as assisting them in the near future," said Legislator Virginia Perez of Yonkers.

MIM will be taught by two JBFC Animators-in-Residence who will be assisted by classroom teachers and trained volunteers. The 12-week course culminates with Red Carpet Premieres at the JBFC Theater where students have the thrill of seeing their films on a big screen, surrounded by an audience of family and friends. The program will take place at the PEARLS Hawthorne Elementary School, Paideia School 24, Casimir Pulaski Elementary School, School 30 and Kahlil Gibran School.

Over the past 10 years, nearly 5,000 students have created more than 600 animated films in the MIM program. Many of these films have been accepted at children's film festivals such as the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, VisionFest in New York City, Hampton's International Children's Film Festival, Plymouth Massachusetts International Children's Film Festival and the Little Big Shots International Film Festival in Australia and Singapore.

The NEA grant will help JBFC strengthen its longstanding partnership with Yonkers Public Schools. Since 2003, over 12,000 Yonkers students, in all grades, have experienced JBFC education programs.

For more information about becoming a trained volunteer for MINDS IN MOTION and other JBFC education programs, please contact education@burnsfilmcenter.org or 914.773.7663, ext.423.