IPR teams up with FAIR School for After School Classes

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Taylor Bilotta and Luis Arniella. Photo by Angela Grimsley

This winter, if it seems like there are a few more fresh looking faces around campus, you’re probably running into a batch of high school students studying sound design as a part of a collaboration between IPR and The FAIR School. The FAIR+ program is a partnership program between the FAIR School and business, arts, and academic programs. It helps high school students from FAIR to, “create pathways to college, careers, and opportunities that develop skills.”

IPR’s Executive Admissions Representative Angela Grimsley worked with coordinators at FAIR to put together an experience that features the sound design for visual media department. The class will cover basic sound design, foley, sound manipulation, and mics and related gear. Taylor Bilotta and Luis Arniella will serve as the instructors for the class, both are current students in the SDVM program who will graduate this December.

The FAIR School is a K-12 Fine Arts School with campuses in Crystal as well as Downtown Minneapolis. It was founded in 2000 and opened the downtown campus in 2009. FAIR employs an interdisciplinary approach to learning, where students study and learn through units that may cross several different disciplines. As stated in their vision, students at FAIR, “achieve through the integration of the arts, technology, cultural understanding and active, committed community partnerships.” The school’s focus on creative arts makes it a natural partner for IPR.

“I think this partnership is a great way to bridge the gap between our nearby, creative arts schools,” remarked Grimsley, who, in her role as executive admissions representative, serves as IPR’s liaison with high schools students and their schools.

In addition to partnerships like FAIR+, IPR offers a pair of scholarships to high school students who want to get a head start on a post-secondary education with a direct pathway to a creative industry. The High School Advantage Scholarship awards qualifying high school juniors and seniors up to $1,940 per quarter, to be applied toward the cost of one IPR course per quarter – for up to seven quarters. In addition, the Forward Scholarship awards reduced credit rate to currently attending high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in an IPR degree program.

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