This story was originally published in Art Hive Magazine issue #32, Winter 2019.
In our a technology-driven world, Palm Beach County may not be Silicon Valley, but the Center for Creative Education is doing their part in preparing students to complete and succeed in this very evolving world. According to the website Palm Beach Tech, “Palm Beach County will become a premiere technology and innovation hub by 2030.”
The digital arts and media programs at the Center for Creative Education (CCE) is currently preparing middle and high school aged youth to lead the charge for this to happen. CCE is providing
students with equipment and software that are standards within the industry, they are applying these new skills to real life projects.
Their recently completed homeless documentary titled ‘Unwelcome’ is a student-made project about homeless young adults in Palm Beach County. CCE Instructors work with students on every aspect of film production.
Students work to complete projects that include movie posters, films, animation, websites, and even musical compositions in an on-site computer lab and recording studio. Throughout this process, students collaborate with peers, communicate clearly, think critically, and most importantly, they are encouraged to be creative. The value of taking on social issues, like homelessness, lies in the meaningful connections students create between themselves and the issues. Students are then capable to form their own opinions and think about creative solutions for not only homelessness but for many other social issues facing our world today.
The ability to make connections and to apply creative solutions are skills required in our 21st Century global economy where the creative capital of our youth will dictate our future success in maintaining our position of world leadership. The incredible challenge of training students today for the jobs of tomorrow is not lost on CCE.
While CCE provides students access to state-of-the-art hardware and software, it is provided in an environment where they are expected to demonstrate initiative and self-direction, leadership, adaptability, and accountability. These are the skills that will lead to the success of today’s students as they adapt to jobs and challenges of the future.
Much of the work created in this program is often displayed at the center’s art gallery or shown in their 175-seat digital theater, providing the public the opportunity to see the efforts and to hear the voices of our future leaders. Open enrollment is available for all middle and high school-aged youth seeking after school opportunities. The Center for Creative Education may be reached at 561-805-9927 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“…I learned that working well with my peers is a vital part of film making, and the arts in general. I am so thankful that I was able to experience this digital media class, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to have fun and learn a bunch!”
“My digital media class at CCE was amazing. Throughout the months that I had classes there, I always had a fun and amazing time and always felt important and listened to.”