Zygote Press is proud to facilitate several educational arts initiatives throughout the year.
Screen Blitz is an after-school arts enrichment program run in conjunction with Fresh Camp and the Refresh Collective. Screen Blitz is an after-school program that integrates printmaking skills, digital media and entrepreneurial training for middle and high school youth. Students will work with Zygote instructors, Fresh Camp mentors, and professional artists to turn their original designs into silkscreened products that can eventually be marketed and sold by the students themselves.
Global Arts Initiative
This program at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy is an immersive creative youth arts education program. Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy is a K-12 Cleveland public school located in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, and serves immigrant and refugee students that have arrived in Cleveland in the past 2 years. Many students don’t have any art in their schedule, so this programs allows them to have a creative outlet and arts enrichment. We partner Zygote’s visiting international artist residents with the Thomas Jefferson teachers to facilitate this program, giving students access to a variety of different professional, international artists.
Re-imagining Youth Summer Media Workshop
In this 2017 workshop, 16 Cleveland area youths (ages 12 – 18) from many backgrounds worked together for two weeks to tell their stories and create collaborative projects through printmaking, short films and food education. They focused on issues related to identity, citizenship, access to resources, and self-advocacy, with a special focus on the immigrant experience. The goal is to build leadership abilities while learning production and communication skills and working alongside professionals and volunteers in the food/gardening industry and understanding the ways in which food waste and food recovery can help their community. The results of their learnings and stories resulted in several multimedia art productions – you can view their creations here. This project was funded through generous grants from the Cleveland Foundation and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and by the Kellex Corporation and Metro West.