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Hopkins launches urban youth film-making effort

The Baltimore Sun
December 21, 2015

In a bid to address Baltimore's chronic ills through the arts, Johns Hopkins University announced Monday it is starting a youth film-making program so urban teens and young adults can portray their community while gaining skills and experience that could land them jobs.

With a $1.6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the university said it plans to offer documentary film and photography workshops beginning next spring in collaboration with faculty and experts at other Baltimore schools and nonprofit organizations.

"Our city suffers from so many different solitudes that do not connect to one another," Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels said in a statement. "We believe that by giving cameras and skills to our kids, we create an avenue for empowerment and a foundation these young people can use to help unify our city."

The effort aims to enlist participants between the ages of 16 and 29, including ex-offenders. Workshops and courses will be taught by faculty from Hopkins and the Peabody Institute, Morgan State University and the Maryland Institute, College of Art, as well as by Baltimore film-makers and artists. Other partners include Baltimore city public schools and some community arts programs.

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