Grant to help Wintergreen Arts Center offer digital artistry
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Wintergreen Arts Center has received a $25,000 grant from MMG Insurance Company to purchase technology tools including laptops, cameras, a scanner, software and accessories to engage students in the digital artistic process.
The funds will help the Center offer digital art classes such as photography, graphic design, animation and more. Students will be able to scan and share artwork online, capture performing arts presentation, and publish creative writing and illustration projects, to name a few possibilities.
“MMG has opened the door to amazing opportunities for our students,” said Kim Guerrette Michaud, Wintergreen’s chairman of the board. “Greater access to technology will not only help students find their own unique medium of expression, but also put them on a personal journey forward exploring the digital world and beyond.”
Larry Shaw, MMG president and CEO, said the company made the gift because of the impact information technologies and dynamic instruction through technology will have on Wintergreen’s students and their future.
“At MMG Insurance we are deeply committed to our youth and ensuring opportunities for them to learn and grow,” said Shaw. “Investing in programs that combine digital technology with art provides creative ways for young people to gain knowledge and confidence in skills they will use throughout their lifetime.”
Wintergreen is currently offering its first digital art class. Advanced Photography began July 30; students are learning how to edit photographs as well as produce and create music videos. The class will also capture a dance number performed by Wintergreen’s Choreographed Dance students as one of the subjects of their music videos.
A music video premiere bash for the public is scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. at the center.