Take p-ART offers digital storytelling workshops that engage youth to facilitate the creation of digital media art pieces. These art pieces relate their particular perspective on important issues in their community ranging from the environment to bullying, school change to inspiring adults.
Making use of various mobile technologies, youth-created movies and images will critique existing news stories from major/ local news sources in an effort to increase traditional print and digital media literacy. These critiques, investigating topics such as authorship, purpose, content, and credibility, flow from best practices and guidelines established in literature provided by The Center For Media Literacy and also The National Association for Media Literacy Education.
Completed individual stories will be displayed prominently as part of standing digital exhibits at the local library. Beyond the digital artifact created, youth will also be invited to return to their respective libraries in order to, along with supervising adults, guardians, and members of the team, disseminate physical artifacts (buttons, posters, flyers) to local establishments that may be able to further the civic causes chosen by participating youth. These sessions will provide valuable reflective insights for each participant while amplifying digital social capital in the Pittsburgh area, invigorating community organizations to take further action.