What began as a dream four years ago, Kirk Denson’s
not-for-profit 'MEMa Studio'
(Mobile Educational Multimedia Studio, Inc.) idea is finally gaining ground, and CNN
is chiming in to help out.
In a bid to introduce disadvantaged kids and youth to the recording and film arts, Denson had a dream of raising funds and reconditioning a touring vehicle, to take his music production and film classes to places in North America where programs such as these, were not readily available.
"We wanted to be able to introduce these crafts to people in under served areas, places where kids may never get to see or have an opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment with an industry professional; “Youth can only aspire to what they have been exposed." This is Denson’s oft-repeated tag line, a line everybody in the MEMa Studio can relate to, including MEMa Studio Chair Jenn Ashton
of Rave On Studio
and Artist Instructor Melissa Endean
both in North Vancouver, BC Canada.
In today’s fundraising climate, the tour truck continues to be a dream, but the MEMa Studio still believes it can be a reality. Getting their start teaching summer classes two years ago in Chicago’s Lighthouse Youth Centre and now teaming up with After School Matters
to provide a program in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, MEMa Studio continues to gain momentum to the great joy of everybody involved, including the Board members who are scattered around the globe.
And now thanks to After School Matters, this spring’s Tech-Kno Camp class was invited to special pre-screening of CNN and Robert Redford’s "CHICAGOLAND,"
along with a follow up Q & A session, which then led to an invitation by CNN producers to hold a MasterClass with the camp youth:
"We’re so grateful that our program is gaining some ground. We were all prepared for the leg work involved to get it to the light of day, and we’re just happy to see it get some notice; the issues of arts in schools is such an important one. Being able to not only introduce so many new career paths to these teens, but to help them express their creativity here and now has just been amazing and we can’t wait to get into classrooms everywhere." Denson states, "A huge thank you to CNN and everybody that has been involved to get us to the starting gate!
Made up of recording and film professionals world wide, the little Studio that could is on its’ way.
More about Robert Redford’s Chicagoland Documentary here:http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/08/cnn-to-launch-new-original-series-chicagoland-with-executive-producer-robert-redford-in-2014/
Find more about the MEMa Studio Program here: http://memastudio.org
Read more about After School Matters here: http://afterschoolmatters.org
Follow the MEMa Studio on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/memastudio
And come say hi on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/memastudio
To make a tax deductible donation or for news, photos, booking inquires or other opportunities, please drop by MEMaStudio.org
Or contact MEMa Studio Chair Jenn Ashton on 604.985.3007 or Skype Raveonstudio79 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Executive Director Kirk Denson on 773.965.4555or email email@example.com
Or Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org