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The CMC Education department helps students produce and publish film projects

CMC Education works with area schools, and student groups to write, direct, and produce their own video projects

About NPO Showcase

NPO Showcase highlights nonprofit and government organizations and the work that they're doing in our community. The program is a feature of GRTV, a service of the Community Media Center, with producer and host Adrian Hirsch. You can catch it on GRTV on Saturdays at 8 AM and 6 PM and can view past episodes at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. If your nonprofit would like to be interviewed on NPO Showcase, please contact Adrian Hirsch.

Gretchen Vinnedge on NPO Showcase

Gretchen Vinnedge on NPO Showcase /GRTV

In this week’s segment of GRTV’s NPO Showcase, Gretchen Vinnedge, Director of Educaton Services at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, discusses how she works with area youth, and adults, to teach video production and help them create their own video content. A big part of her work involves partnerships with schools who wish to fit video production into a classroom's curriculum, for example, a documentary about Lyman Parks, Grand Rapids' first African-American Mayor, created by students at Grand Rapids Public Museum School

Vinnedge coordinates an annual animation short, in collaboration with the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA). Vinnedge says its fun to be able to tie in core curriculum subjects students are leanring, and instead of them just reading about them in textbooks, learn through a more hands-on process of creating a video or documentary about the subject they are already studying. Through the process, some students who may not have otherwise been involved in filmmaking, have a new passion sparked in the process. CMC Education also is involved with GRTV certification classes, and offers internship opportunities for young adults.

NPO Showcase is just one of the many ways that the Community Media Center serves the nonprofit community. For information about this and other CMC services for nonprofits, or to schedule a future interview, contact Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator, Adrian Hirsch, at 616-459-4788 x105 or email Adrian Hirsch.

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