NEW FILM ON THE NEW YORK STATE SUMMER SCHOOL OF THE ARTS LOOKS ONLINE TO RAISE FUNDS INDEPENDENTLY
Mountain Lake PBS and New York State Summer School for The Arts (NYSSSA) have teamed up to look into the creative force that drives high school students to give up four weeks of their summer for intensive work and study. Now they're turning to you, and the internet, to help fund the project.
NYSSSA is a 45 year old program of the New York State Education Department that operates 4-week residential programs in ballet, choral studies, dance, media arts, orchestral studies, theatre, and visual arts, for approximately 425 of the state’s most talented youths. The schools provide intensive training in an environment where students experience the rigorous discipline of the daily life of a professional artist.
The program is open to all high school age students who qualify, and tuition assistance is available for students with economic need. NYSSSA represents the wide spectrum of cultural, ethnic, social, and economic diversity that is New York State.
New York Youth: Creative Summer is a short documentary that will follow students from audition through performance during their journey at NYSSSA, highlighting their dedication, determination and drive. These talented teens represent the future of the Arts. Some of the students come from rural areas where working with top professionals in the arts would not otherwise be an option for them.
"Watching these extremely motivated and creative teens reaching high for a career in the arts has inspired me this year. If given the chance to tell their story, their ambition will no doubt inspire countless others as well," said Paul Larson, arts producer at Mountain Lake PBS.
"NYSSSA is excited to be partnering with Mountain Lake PBS to share the stories of this unique State Education Department program. This short documentary will give viewers an inside look at what it takes to excel in the arts. They will witness some of the greatest artists of their respected fields generously sharing their gifts with the next generation of young talent. It is heartwarming to witness this process each summer, and we are eager to share that experience with millions of PBS viewers," said Sara Fittizzi, Executive Director of NYSSSA.
Funds are being raised through Kickstarter.com, a site where individuals are given the opportunity to invest in projects that match their interests. This film, New York Youth: Creative Summer, has a fundraising window that ends on June 12, and if the $10,000 budget is not raised, all the pledges will be cancelled. The campaign began on May 13th, and in less than 7 days, had already reach 60% of its goal.
Find the project on Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/350228129/new-york-youth-creative-summer.