JOHN MUIR MEDIA LAB
John Muir Middle School | Funded Fall 2012, Spring 2015
In 2012, John Muir Middle School applied for seed funding to begin a Digital Media Lab for their students. According to Muir Principal Greg Miller, “This was a program that we were starting from scratch. With the help of Burbank Arts for All Foundation, we were able to have professional development with four staff members. From there, we selected a teacher to lead and develop the class. The course has evolved over the last three years from a semester class to a yearlong class so that students can go deeper into the content.” Since then, the school also developed a partnership with Nickelodeon Studios, who helped them determine which types of equipment to purchase and provided master class sessions with professionals from the Studio to teach the Digital Media students about storyboarding, editing, directing, and filming.
The Foundation has continued to invest in the development of this program by providing an additional matching grant in 2015 to support more media equipment – increasing the camera per student ratio from 6:30 to 15:30.