June 19th, 2013

2012-2013: The LAMP’s Year in Review

As we move into our summer programs, we here at The LAMP want to take a moment and look back at just a few highlights the 2012-2013 school year. It’s been a big one:

The stage at The LAMP’s 5th Birthday Party

September: The LAMP celebrated its fifth birthday in style at Galapagos Art Space, giving the first Amplify Awards to media education legends Jean Kilbourne and Mark Crispin Miller. Political wit and Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead hosted the event, which also featured music by Erin Barra and a surprise appearance by New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Relive the night through pictures here!

October: We kicked off the very first Intergenerational Media Literacy program with our partners OATS and the Museum of the Moving Image, uniting teens and seniors to deconstruct ageism in media. Also, a hurricane/superstorm happened, which made for some interesting fake news.

November: Although a good chunk of this month was spent in the initial stages of recovery from Sandy, The LAMP was able to continue programs. We also kept up our workshops at the Harvey Milk High School, Queens Library in Far Rockaway, Brooklyn Public Library and more.

December: The LAMP was thrilled to present the final projects from the Intergenerational Media Literacy program with a special screening and reception at Museum of the Moving Image! Here’s just one of many shown that evening:

January: In the new year, we kicked off two entirely new programs, Digital Career Path and Deconstructing Fashion! Plus there was that strange Manti Te’o situation.

February: This month saw our annual challenge to break Super Bowl ads, and didn’t disappoint–check out one of them below. Executive Director D.C. Vito also testified to the New York City Council on the dearth of girls and women in STEM fields.

March: We had a thing or two to say about the annual Digital Media Learning conference in Chicago. When we came home, we participated in Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference about job training initiatives for low-income New Yorkers, where he made a special call-out to our Digital Career Path program. It was interesting. And, the Knight Foundation gave us a grant to build a prototype of the Media Breaker, the first cloud-based video editor designed exclusively for remixing third-party content!

April: The LAMP and Immigrant Social Services held the final screening of Prevention Public Service Announcements, the result of the first collaboration between the two organizations. Here’s one:

May: We made a splash at the UFT Be Brave Against Bullying conference, asking how big media companies can campaign against digital drama while simultaneously encouraging it through their programming. And, D.C. Vito won election to the board at NAMLE!

June: Let the sunshine in! LAMP summer programs began with The Chocolate Project at Clason’s Point in The Bronx, and will continue to run through multiple branches of the New York Public Library through the month of August. Find out when we’ll be at a library near you!

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