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Big Class and NOVAC partner to spark creativity in city's youth

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With support from Louisiana film tax incentives, the New Orleans Video Access Center has hosted a number of workforce training programs in their Ready, Set, Film series. Now, NOVAC partners with Big Class to nourish creative and artistic talent with the city's youth.

Video Poetry is a six-session workshop cultivating the young aspiring writers and filmmakers of Louisiana's next generation. To participate, students must be between the ages of 11 and 14, with an RSVP sent via the Big Class website, or in person (office hours are Monday-Friday from 11-3).

The workshop will guide students on creating movies, starting with their own original writings.

Due to the limited space available, Big Class asks that interested parties only sign up if capable of attending every session. Dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 8, 5:30-7:30p
  • Saturday, January 11, 12-2p
  • Wednesday, January 15, 5:30-7:30p
  • Wednesday, January 22, 5:30-7:30p
  • Wednesday, January 29, 5:30-7:30p

All sessions will be held at Big Class on St. Claude Ave except for the one on January 15th, which is hosted at NOVAC's office location (532 Louisa St).

A final screening is planned, however, the date is yet to be determined.

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Big Class has been around since 2010. It was created to support young writers throughout New Orleans through collaboration with schools and communities. Originally a collective blog from Lincoln Elementary's 1-st graders. The project grew from there, with support from their community audience, resulting in the creation of a book. A local library hosted the book's release events. Earlier this year, the program opened a studio on St. Claude, inviting schools from around the metro area to partake in a number of writing programs. Due to community support, all programs are free access.

NOVAC is the longest-running media arts non-profit in the southern U.S. As part of their effort to support and cultivate the local film industry, NOVAC has created a number of educational programs, workforce training, workshops, equipment rentals, and other services for filmmakers to sustain the economy. They also provide job referrals to members.

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