Asian American Arts Alliance


Stories for a Better World

July 20 - August 7, 2015: 3 college credits offered

DEADLINE: Monday, April 20, 2015

Advance your skills in multimedia storytelling! Join City Lore for an intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians learn activist approaches to cultural documentation, hand-on media production, and develop their own documentary for a culminating exhibit.


The three week institute begins with a one week crash course on oral history, folklore and activist approaches to cultural documentation including sessions on pitching your story and grant writing. For the next two weeks, students can select from one of three hands-on intensive tracks: multimedia/photography, taught by Michael Kamber, director of the Bronx Documentary Center and a celebrated photojournalist and war photographer; radio, taught by Ann Heppermann who produces stories for This American Life and All Things Considered;  and video, taught by filmmaker Ram Devineni, whose documentary won this year's Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for World Cinema, assisted by documentary filmmaker Pam Sporn. The Institute fosters close working relationships among students, and includes a celebratory dinner and a final celebration and exhibition of student work.


Guest Speakers have included:


Martha Cooper, photographer, Subway Art

Leonard Gast, Academy Award-winning filmmaker

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, Peabody Award-winner;

Marilyn Nance, acclaimed photographer of African American life

Amy Toensing, photographer,  National Geographic  

Benh Zeitlin, Oscar nominee for Best Director, Beasts of the Southern Wild


This year's speakers will be announced shortly.


Institute Dates: July 20 - August 7th

Application Deadline: Monday, April 20 (You will be notified by Friday, May 8) 

Web Page:  Click Here

To Apply:  Click Here 

Tuition:  $2,300, with full and partial scholarships available

Tuition with 3 transferrable New School Credits:  $3,145

For More Information:  click here and/or contact Elena Martinez, folklorist and Institute Coordinator -; 212.529.1955 x 16. 

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