The Near North Mobile Media Lab (N2M2L) and the Sault Ste. Marie Centennial Library are proud to announce the launch of Digital Creator North (DCN), an exciting arts
initiative that encourages youth (ages 14-19 years old) to explore the world of media arts through state-of-the-art technology and software. The project was designed to attract teens who want a safe, welcoming place to hang out, socialize and explore the word of digital media in their own backyards.
This ambitious Trillium-funded pilot project is the first of its kind in Northern Ontario, spanning the region in six partnering communities — Temiskaming Shores, Timmins, Elliot Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Kenora and Sioux Lookout. Located in community spaces, such as libraries, art centres and museums, Digital Creator North provides comfortable learning environments equipped with the latest in digital technology and equipment (i.e. Apple computers, Canon cameras, Adobe Creative Cloud) with the guidance of skilled mentors providing free workshops and activities for teens on video and
film production, photography, audio recording, graphic design, gaming, podcasting, coding, web development and animation.
The Digital Creator program was designed as a way to bridge the distance, both digitally and geographically, to help build healthy, vibrant and creative communities. Teens can use the spaces to relax, do homework, meet up with friends, play video games and socialize — as well as learn from mentor-based programming inspired by their own interests and imagination. By strengthening their voice and cultural points-of-view, teens can become producers of culture rather than consumers, and
gain the digital confidence to make a positive contribution on their own world. With technology changing so rapidly and information being at our fingertips, now more than ever where you’re from isn’t as important as what you know.
The Digital Creator North project began as a series of consultations in 2013-2014 around the region with an aim to understand how to increase participation in media arts disciplines in northern Ontario.
In 2015, N2M2L travelled to the Digital Media and Learning conference in Los Angeles and connected with YouMedia – an initiative out Chicago providing inner-city youth with access to digita media using the library system. Through a knowledge exchange, N2M2L developed Digital Creator North using YouMedia’s research as a blueprint. In spring 2016, N2M2L received an Ontario Trillium Fund Grow Grant to develop DCN as a three-year pilot project.
On THURSDAY, June 29, 2017, to welcome our partnering communities, we will be holding demonstrations, workshops and tours at each of our locations. For more information about these events, or to schedule an interview or tour, please contact DCN Sault Ste. Marie Program Lead, Katie Huckson at [email protected], or contact on-site supervisor and Manager of Community Engagement, Helena Huopalainen at [email protected].