The skills film students acquire at the Center for Creative Education (CCE) on 24th Street in West Palm Beach are much more than just a means of creative expression, they strive to break down barriers and pave the way to a bright future. “In our community, especially in the black community, there aren’t many positive role models,” said Dwayne Taylor, Manager of Technology Services and Instruction. “They don’t see an end, this program gives them a digital way out.”
CCE Students in Photography class
CCE sends artists into Palm Beach County schools to teach standard curriculum through the arts; with community art classes; summer arts programs for youth; and after-school arts programs throughout the county. The after-school programs focus on media arts, where 14 middle and high school students produced Florida: Where I’m From, the center’s first course in documentary filmmaking. Each student made a five-minute video that Taylor edited into a 10-minute documentary.
Their skill levels at the start of the eight-week class, held weekly over the summer, varied from veterans of the center’s media arts and technology classes to newbies who had never picked up a camera before. The summer documentary filmmaking class laid the groundwork for a longer documentary the CCE’s advanced students are making about homeless children in Palm Beach County. This film is scheduled to premiere at the center in November.
Film screening at CCE
“There are some kids with means and some without,” Taylor added. “I wanted to see how that played out, what we discovered is that when they’re in class they’re all equal, but when they go home it’s different.” This month CCE will showcase other students’ summer projects as well as opening Florida: Faces & Places, an exhibition featuring work by local photographers. For more visit cceflorida.org.