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Logging into Libraries: TechArt Program in Las Vegas Help Teens Develop Multimedia Skills

The TechArt Studio Program was mentioned in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, emphasizing how the program gets teenagers into libraries and connected with the available multimedia technology.

“’I’m absolutely in love with this program,’ said Kim Clanton-Green, manager of the Sahara West Library and project manager for the TechArt Studio program. ‘We take technology and we use that as a way to connect to with teens.’

At the workshops, teenagers are given hands-on training in graphic design, video game-making, digital photography and video editing, as well as audio and DJ skills.

Participants use digital cameras, mixing boards and Mac laptops with programs like Adobe InDesign, iMovie and GarageBand.

‘My favorite part was going out and making videos,’ said Kobey Dean, 15, who participated in TechArt at the beginning of the school year. ‘I think the program’s good for people who want to work in media.’ Dean said he was the oldest kid at the workshop and could see himself going back as a mentor.

The TechArt Studio program began development in November 2012 with $89,650 in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the MacArthur Foundation. The district was one of 12 selected from a pool of 105 applicants from 33 states and one territory, library officials said.

The development process includes training, surveying teenagers on their interest, and doing test runs at multiple library branches around Las Vegas and Henderson, and at the Stupak Community Center, near Industrial Road and Sahara Avenue.”

By Wesley Juhl
Photo courtesy of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Originally posted at Las Vegas Review-Journal