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YMCA Metro Detroit Helps Kids Cultivate Creativity over the Summer

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Y Media Summer Institute for Ages 13-18

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Over four weeks, students learn how to be independent filmmakers,
enhance their social media skills and create urban art out of steel

This summer is the perfect season for getting outdoors, exploring art and culture. It’s also the perfect time kids to broaden their horizons and stimulate their imagination.

The YMCA’s Y Art Summer Institute offers young people the opportunity to learn media production from gifted, local Detroit artists.

“This is not the typical summer camp. This arts-infused program helps kids creatively as well as intellectually,” said Margaret Edwartowski, Director of Arts, Y Arts Detroit. “They finish the program and have more self-confidence, self-discipline, goal setting skills and pride of what they created with their own imaginations.”

Now it its sixth year, the Y Media Works Summer Institute gives campers a rare chance over four weeks to be a film producer.

“They develop their own film ideas and participate as part of a production team. Each camper learns screenwriting, storyboarding, video production, graphic design and digital music production,” said Edwartowski. “We make their ideas come to life in the media lab.”

The Summer Institute starts July 8 and ends with a showcase on Aug. 2. The cost for the program is $500, full and partial scholarships are available. Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. campers work on their media projects at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit.

This year the Y Arts program has a new program partner. Campers will be taught advanced digital literacy skills from Makewaves, a Great Britain-based organization. Also, students will learn how to create urban art out of steel from John Sauve, an artist whose work is known throughout downtown as “Man in the City.”

For more information, call 313.223.2751 or email medwartowski@ymcametrodetroit.org.

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit:

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Throughout Metro Detroit, Y's engage more than 300,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the region’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Anchored in communities throughout Metro Detroit, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. For more information go to www.ymcadetroit.org or contact Chad Creekmore at (313) 223-2487.

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