The Montgomery Media Arts Institute is dedicated to advancing education and educational programs through media arts (film and podcasting), curriculum, professional development, and youth advocacy projects.
WHAT WE DO:
The Institute uses media arts as an avenue to enhance educational programming, for organizations, teachers, and students. We work with organizations to create podcasts, or increase their outreach through online curriculum with video. We provide professional development workshops to teachers on creative classrooms and integrating film, audio stories and digital design into their instruction; and we facilitate media arts projects for and with teachers that motivate students and deepen learning. This process of learning these media literacy skills is media education, and our Institute serves as a media literacy resource.
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The Montgomery Media Arts Institute Brings Something New to the Table
We want to help keep education relevant and prepare young people to be active, confident, articulate, responsible citizens. Telling stories is a personal and powerful way to share what they are studying and learning. Sharing their knowledge with the world through film and podcasts is a necessary literacy. It builds technical skills. It is also an avenue of expression and a path to engagement and activism.
We celebrate students sharing their voice and perspectives on important issues. We celebrate students and teachers using technologies meaningfully, collaboratively. We support students and teachers with a fresh breath of air.
Classrooms need contact with the outside world to bring life, laughter, cool ideas, new faces, different perspectives in and out.
We come in; stories go out.
Quite simply put-Suzi Montgomery is a force of nature. Her innate capacity for Media Arts education is unmatched; her incredible ability to tap into the human soul is even more remarkable. For reticent, precocious kids from the West side whose stories are often told for them, Suzi's purely authentic persona drew them in like bees to the nectar of a beautiful flower. Although my students have a keen knack for sizing adults up with one glance, her gentle cajoling and patience allowed my students to feel safe enough to share their stories with Suzi. These stories were sometimes funny, sometimes bold, and most times heartbreaking. Yet, Suzi was delicate with their experiences and found a way to weave their voices into a larger tapestry of the pain, progress, and potential that make up the human story. Because Suzi volunteered her own time to create a Podcast with my students, they inevitably became more comfortable with their own voice, and they found strength to tell their story-their way. I, along with my students, are indebted to Ms. Montgomery for her expertise, dedication, and valuable time spent creating stories that will last for generations to come.