Tuesay, March 8th – MVStudio and Teen Tech works with Minneapolis and suburban libraries to give teens a creative outlet in the media arts. Librarian Cynthia Matthias says the program wasn’t originally focused on audio; the library had acquired free software for graphic and video game design. Some of this software began to time out due to demo restrictions, and students were starting to request audio software.
Cynthia learned about the Ideawerks and JLR (Jackie Lee Robinson) Foundation program at Powderhorn Park, began researching how they got their program started, and learned that IPR was involved. This became the inspiration for creating a similar program in the library system.
Matthias contacted IPR to request help with curriculum and software training, and IPR agreed to train Teen Tech Leaders how to use audio production software Logic Pro. Current leaders will teach new members what they’ve learned about Logic Pro as the program grows.
Special thanks to Rhymesayers Entertainment and artists Brotha Ali, and Plain Ole Bill for being at the kick-off. Both performed, and Brotha Ali assisted Teen Tech students in demonstrating how to record the vocal for a rap track.
Teen Tech is supported by Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and Best Buy Childrens Foundation. MVStudio and Teen Tech is partnered with IPR: The Institute of Production and Recording.