Our Programs //
Youth ages 13-19 can take part in our Teens Programs.
We offer our Teen Media Program, where youth become creative technology users by engaging in media arts and leadership activities, like the Do It Your Damn Self!! Film Festival; and our Teen Public Art Program, where teens collaborate with local mural artists and celebrate their lives, stories, and community.
For more information about our rates, contact us.
TEEN MEDIA PROGRAM
Youth in the Teen Media Program become creative technology users by participating in media foundations classes. Media foundations classes introduce youth to the digital arts and media literacy.
Teen Media Program offers a sequenced, multi-year curriculum that helps youth hone their storytelling skills through filmmaking, photography, and participating in the nation’s oldest youth-led film festival, Do It Your Damn Self!!
Intro to Filmmaking
Learn the art of storytelling, how to craft a narrative, and to produce short films using Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) or phone cameras.
DIYDS!! youth film festival
DIYDS!! is the longest running youth-produced festival in the country, drawing over 1000 youth and adults to public screenings every year.
Through DIYDS!!, 15-20 youth filmmakers come to Cambridge from all over the country and the world to show their short films.
Students lead and facilitate film festival outreach activities, collaborate to design programmatic events, actively critique films, and engage in social-justice centered discussion of topics during the curation process. Teens work to promote and serve as ambassadors for the Do It Your Damn Self (DIYDS)!! Film Festival at related events and online, they maintain files and ensure adequate record-keeping and archiving of paper & digital artwork.
Intro to Filmmaking
DIYDS!! Youth Film Festival
4hrs/wk for 4 months
Oct - Jan and Feb - Jun
4-6hrs/wk for 6 months
Oct - Mar
For application and more information, please email our Teen Media Program Manager
TEEN PUBLIC ART PROGRAm
The Community Art Center's public art work focuses on creating murals and installations that feature the artistry of our youth and celebrate their lives, stories and community.
Working in collaboration with local mural artists, Art Center youth have completed murals commissioned by local corporations and institutions such as Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Alexandria Real Estate Properties, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Cambridge Housing Authority. Our largest projects have been presented as a part of the Port Stories Public Art Project*: Home Port which combines neighborhood history with current stories to present murals and public art celebrations in order to bring together the people who live, work and create in the Port/Area IV Neighborhood of Cambridge.
* Port Stories Public Art Project: Home Port is funded by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.