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Explore, Create, Share: Digital Media and Arts Learning for Youth

Monday, October 7, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Congress A, Fourth Floor

Organized by Kerry McCarthy, Program Officer, Arts and Historic Preservation, New York Community Trust.

Presented by Ebenezer Bond, Executive Director and Founder, World Up; Matt Hannigan, Deputy Director, The Sprout Fund and Hive Learning Network, Pittsburgh; and Marianna Schaffer, Director of Programs, The David Rockefeller Fund.

Today’s engagement-driven youth are empowered like never before to explore, create, and share their interests through digital media both in school and out of school. Hive Learning Networks in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh are supported by funders that have pooled their knowledge and grant dollars to help a network of arts and youth development organizations create Connected Learning programs using digital media (e.g. music, video) that emphasize making, remixing, curating, connecting, and sharing products anytime, anywhere. Panelists will explore the benefits of Hive collaborative funding, the advantages of networked arts groups, and the digital media learning landscape for youth. The session will culminate with an interactive activity in which conferees become makers, remixing and creating new music tracks on tablets using the BeatMaker2 application, a free download that participants will access at the conference. Visit to hear music examples on the BeatMaker Soundcloud group.