Project: Identity Media Studio

Eight week program for teens exploring new media through content creation
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  • Thursdays & Saturdays, September 28 thru November 18

  • Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM;

     Saturdays, 12:00-4:00 PM

  • Free | Application Required

Explore the many ways to present yourself, your art, your interests and/or products in an effective, impactful manner to both online and offline audiences.

Project: Identity Media Studio is a free workshop series designed for young people (age 14-18) who are interested in becoming more astute digital citizens. 

Each week, participants will work collaboratively to gather still images, audio and video, learning then how to manipulate and edit those inputs primarily utilizing the Adobe Suite of software applications, as well as various other mobile apps. Program participants will learn about the youth counterculture movements of the ‘60s and the legacy of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and will compare and contrast that to modern youth activism online. 

In producing original content for platforms such as Instagram and Youtube, an understanding of upstanding digital citizenship through the analysis and interpretation of existing content will be explored. Each week, students will work collaboratively to produce digital outputs using editing, lighting, animation, video and audio recording software. 

Want to be a part of the fun? Apply here!

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Meet Your Instructors

Mark Mcnamara

Mark McNamara is an artist living and working in the Catskills. He gained a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1989, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 1997. Mr. McNamara has presented site specific pieces at performance venues including the Whitney, the Kitchen, the Knitting Factory and the Joyce Soho. He managed the interactive Playing the Building project for David Byrne. Some of his recent creative output can be seen on Instagram: @givendynamics and @bloemboy

Charley Gips

Charley Gips is a humble, spiritual, artistic, earth-loving healer who creates multimedia works that focus on motion, the cosmos, biomimicry, psychedelic imagery and the profound healing experience of the imagination. She creates in order to release energy and to expel her philosophy to the world; you cannot love another until you have fully learned to love yourself and to focus on envisioning a better future for all sentient creatures and future generations. Charley has been a teaching artist at Bethel Woods since 2019 and has worked across youth arts programs including Project Identity Media, Bethel Woods on Main, P.L.A.Y., and festivals.

Dave Love

Dave Love is an Aussie-turned-New Yorker and a designer by trade. He’s spent 5 years diving into the startup world and another 2 freelancing in a variety of design and user experience roles. When he’s not in design mode, Dave is out hiking, globetrotting, or geeking out with digital projects. Dave is excited to join forces and help bring creative ideas to life!

Funding for education and creative programs has been provided by Bethel Woods members and donors and through generous gifts from foundations, individuals and agencies. View a copy of our annual report or visit our website  for a more comprehensive list of supporters.