The Hollywood Theatre Education Programs have brought lessons to life on the big screen since 2004 in the historic Hollywood Theatre. Each year the Theatre provides media arts training and film screenings for over 2,000 young people via Animate It!, Stories in Movement, Hollywood Theatre Studio, Hollywood Arts Collective and special screenings thanks to partnerships with nearby schools. The programs offer students unique opportunities to connect with their community via digital storytelling. The youth benefit from industry standard equipment, mentorship from skilled professionals and a venue to exhibit their creative works.
Signature Education Programming
Animate It! is a mobile animation lab offered in conjunction with schools, community centers and institutions serving youth ages 7-18. Students gain hands-on experience with technology utilized by leading animation companies such as Portland’s own LAIKA. Animate It! features weekend workshops at the Hollywood Theatre, day-long school takeovers in partnership with PDX POP NOW! and after school programs at various sites around Portland.
SIM is a digital storytelling course that supports self-expression through personal narratives. The stories created during this program are shared back and forth between groups of young artists, and published on the SIM blog. The goal of this program is to create an inspiring and informative digital dialogue that provides our young artists with a sense of awareness that their individual stories are part of the collective history of their community.
Hollywood Theatre Studio (HTS)
HTS consists of a number of production labs across Portland that engage youth in media making. Students learn to use industry-standard equipment and technology to create thoughtful and expressive digital art. Studio classes are taught by professional artists and filmmakers.
Hollywood Arts Collective (HAC)
HAC is a collaboration amongst PDX teens interested in film programming, digital art creation and critique. The Hollywood venue and Tumblr acts as a platform for teens to express themselves and their ideas under the guidance of supportive media arts professionals and community members.
The Hollywood Theatre Education Programs are made possible with support from the following funders and community partners:
The Oregon Community Foundation, Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, Comcast, Laika, Oregon Arts Commission, The Corporation for National and Community Service, Juan Young Trust, Portland Parks and Recreation, PDX Pop Now!, da Vinci Arts Middle, Open Meadow Middle, Grant High School, SUN Community Schools and the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.
For more information about our education programs, please contact Taylor Neitzke, the Hollywood Theatre’s Education Manager: taylor[at]hollywoodtheatre[dot]org or contact our Business office at: (503) 241-1142.