“The really exciting thing about emerging tech is that it’s constantly changing, and that means that anybody could shape it. And it means that students of color could shape it.” – Netsanet Tjirongo, filmmaker, LIT teaching artist
The Learning Immersive Technology (LIT) program addresses the need for equitable access to STEAM fields through arts education. Students engage in projects that integrate digital art, design, audio production, and creative writing in order to gain digital media creation and critical thinking skills necessary to enter into 21st century careers.
Applications are now OPEN for our Summer paid internship intensive!
Apply for your opportunity to evolve with the world and experience future careers today in this PAID internship!
The LIT curriculum offers arts, tech, and computational learning through teaching artist-led workshops in digital art and sound design, as well as professional experiences and performance opportunities to support students career exploration in creative and technology spaces.
We are focused in creating an intersectional learning environment to ensure that all students are supported and able to be brave in the LIT community space.
Date: July 12 – Aug. 6, 2021
Time: Mon. – Fri. 10am-1pm (class time) & 2pm-4pm (optional lab time)
Closing Celebration: Friday, August 6th @ 4pm
WHO CAN APPLY:
- You in the Puget Sound region in (rising) grades 10-12 interested in digital art, web design, 3D modeling, photo collage, web comics, animation, sound design or video games.
WHAT YOU’LL GAIN:
- Immersive Technology Intensive with dope master teaching artists.
- Storytelling through digital art, game design, and audio production, animation, and the intersection of digital arts and technology.
- $600 stipend upon completion of the program.
- A community of peer collaborators.
- Analytical skills in media literacy through a feminist and social justice lens
- Professional development, leadership and exposure to industry professionals.
- Project management and time management skills
- A portfolio of 5-15 visual and/or time-based digital works
*All technology supplies and gear will be provided to youth. If you do not have reliable internet access we can also work with you to find a way to get access.
*Note: youth who qualify for free and reduced lunch are given the highest priority.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday May 28th. We’ll reach out to prospective candidates by Monday June 7th to notify you of next steps. Apply here.
Past Student Work
Beverly Aarons is a writer and game developer. She works across disciplines as a copywriter, journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and short story writer. She explores futuristic worlds in fiction but also enjoys discovering the stories of modern day unsung heroes. In August 2018 she produced a live action game and event where community members worked together to envision an economic future they truly desired to leave future generations. She’s won several awards and grants for her work including the Guy A. Hanks, Marvin H. Miller Screenwriting Award, Community 4Culture Fellowship, Artist Trust GAP Award, 4Culture Creative Consultancies Award, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures grant. She’s currently working on a series of nonfiction stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their local communities, developing the video game Rent Hike, teaching teens game development, and producing an immersive theatrical experience about the future of human migration.
Below, please see Double Dutch VR, a virtual reality game where you are a member of a jump rope team 3,000 years in the future. Beverly acted as designer and writer on this project. See more of her development work here: https://bit.ly/3qhS0e6
Hi, I’m Jesus Mccloskey and I’m a multi-disciplined artist & experienced leader from Federal Way, WA. I studied TV, Film, & Audio production while in college but have been making music and visual art my whole life. I have a wide range of experiences in the realm of sound: 4 years as a live event DJ, 2 years a student and 1 year an intern for the Hip-Hop Artist Residency by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and of course many hours of production & studio engineering in my bedroom. Art & leadership are my two passions in life and if I’m not studying to grow in my passion then I’m helping others take the necessary steps to grow in theirs!
Kevin Campos started his journey to art during 2016 when he applied to the summer intensive hip hop program The Residency. Producing one year, writing the next year, to rocking stages from Washington Hall, The MoPop Skychurch, Kame House, to a full stage at The Paramount, and many more. Kevin always admired the language of art since a young one and throughout his teenage years created on his own canvas from drawing, writing, performing, to starting his own brand with the goal of being greater with every encounter with art. Teaching Artist, Producer, Designer, Artist. Instagram: @theraincityboy
Jasmine Iona Brown earned her B.F.A from Howard University and M.A. from UCLA. Before joining Arts Corps, she worked in arts education and technology for Microsoft, Tacoma School District, Tacoma Art Museum and the Smithsonian. Jasmine’s artwork is in the collections of the Wing Luke Museum, Sound Transit, the municipal collections of both Seattle and Tacoma, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation. She lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband and teenage son.