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30th Anniversary Timeline: Leading the Field

Updated: Dec 22, 2021


Since our first professional development workshops for teachers 30 years ago, we’ve worked to expand student media arts production in schools across New York City – and beyond. We worked with teachers to not only bring more media making into the curriculum, but to create student-centered classrooms animated by student voice, creative expression, and inquiry into the social conditions of their lives.

Over the years, we’ve remained committed to these foundational ideas through our teaching, coaching, writing, and field building work in education. Our methodology has been enriched through our work with partners including Foxfire, the NYC Writing Project, CCT, the Coalition of Essential Schools, Bread Loaf, NYU, the British Film Institute, and the Open Society Institute Youth Initiatives.

In the 1990’s, we built collaboration among teachers, youth media practitioners and school reform leaders by co-sponsoring the National Conference on Media Education and School Reform and through work in the Students at the Center initiative.

In the 2000’s, we codified EVC’s principles and best practices of project-based, critical media pedagogy through the publications of Teaching Youth Media (TC Press) and Youth-Powered Video Curriculum and the development of the Youth Media Learning Network. We continue our field building leadership in education with new initiatives including the dissemination of our students’ archive of documentaries in schools and libraries to foster youth voice, critical literacy, and community action.


Stay tuned for more highlights as we continue to build out our timeline throughout our 30th Anniversary year!

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EVC’s Youth Documentary Workshops and Professional Development Programs are made possible with generous support from: The Academy Foundation, The Brenner Family Foundation, the Brightwater Foundation, HBO, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, the National Board of Review, the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Partnership for a Healthier New York City, the Pinkerton Foundation, the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, The After-School Corporation, and the Milton A. & Roslyn Z. Wolf Family Foundation, and you.


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