In early November the Appalachian Media Institute was proud to travel to Chicago to participate in the Alliance for Media Arts and Culture's Youth Media Hatch Lab-- the Alliance's annual storytelling workshop that is designed to build creative strategy skills for filmmakers and nonprofit organizations. HatchLabs facilitate collaborations between artists, movement leaders, scientists/technologists, civic leaders, policy makers and communities. HatchLabs offer new tools and opportunities for the voices of those traditionally marginalized to be a central part of creative ideation and social reform.
HatchLab participants gathered together, joining a team of award-winning artist/mentors to explore inclusive, collaborative, and responsive storytelling models, build deeper connections as a creative community, and activate new narratives designed to embolden and sustain vulnerable communities.
The Chicago Youth Media Hatch Lab brought youth together from the RYSE Center in Richmond, California with youth from AMI in Whitesburg, Kentucky for three days of exploration, collaboration and shared meals. In addition to workshopping, youth participants had the opportunity to share work and learn from others during the Alliance's Youth Media Summit at the Gene Siskel Theater.
All photographs provided by Oakley Fugate.