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DAFT Community Albums – Detroit School of Arts Students, 2020

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During February 2020, DAFT was proud to work with Detroit School of Arts students, Lawrence Tech University students and local film educators and professionals to gather oral histories and develop documentaries on the city. More info below...

Feature video highlighting the four Saturdays of oral history research with Detroit School of Arts Students - January - February 2020

WHAT : The Community Albums Workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for talented high school students in Detroit to learn the art of documentary video production and some animation in a series of intense weekend workshops. Twelve students will be selected to be part of this special workshop on the basis of their personal statements and teacher recommendations.

Mr. Jawara Kenyatta shares his childhood in Detroit with his granddaughter

Previous video experience is great but not required. We look for excellent artists, strong writers, people with musical skills. Students will experience all phases of documentary video production: planning, interviewing, shooting, editing, graphics, and audio mixing. Workshop students will produce short animated pieces and will have the opportunity to present their finished work to the community.

DAFT's Community Album team on the steps of the Detroit Public Library following a research session in the city's historic Burton Collection.

WHY : Digital Arts, Film and Television (DAFT) makes this unique workshop available because we recognize the importance of media arts and want to provide an opportunity for students to learn skills while discovering the history, the people and the architecture of the neighborhoods they live in.

We are able to provide this workshop, through a generous grant from Culture Source and the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Avalon Village founder Mama Shu in Highland Park

WHO: The Community Albums project is open to mature high school students who are interested in video and video animation.

The crew with Mama Shu in Avalon Village

Community Album's film crew on Detroit's northwest side with Ms. Rosa Patton

The nature of the workshop series dictates that students must be responsible, self-motivated, and willing to do work between the workshop dates.


Ms. Rosa Patton shared her memories including Detroit during WWII and bowling with Berry Gordy Sr.

The students will be working with professional animators, filmmakers, and video producers.

Week 3 of Community Album's Oral History Road-Trip

Our road-trip of oral history recordings continued Saturday Feb. 29th to the Marygrove Community interviewing Ms. Queen Perkins then on to the fabulous William V. Banks Broadcast Museum (link) to interview WGPR's Joe Spencer and Karen Hudson Samuels at the nation's first black-owned television station--now a Michigan historic landmark on Jefferson Avenue.

Joe Spencer, William V. Banks Museum of Broadcast Museum

Karen Hudson Samuels, William V. Banks Broadcast Museum

DAFT's Kevin Walsh de-briefing with students during a lunch break.

On the set of WGPR's famous dance show, "The Scene"

LTU's Jody Gaber reviewing interview notes

Royal Oak High School's Mike Conrad (DAFT board member)


Festival Sponsor MCACA

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