The affiliation with DreamWorks Animation also provides Inner-City Arts students with media arts field trips and includes future plans for internship opportunities with DreamWorks Animation. One such field trip took place on July 27, 2012, when more than 40 middle and high school students visited DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, CA to tour the facilities, view animation demos and footage, and meet with DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg.
"DreamWorks Animation remains deeply committed to continuing the important work done by Inner-City Arts every day: to help talented young people achieve their potential and reach their dreams," Katzenberg commented.
In the DreamWorks Animation program, elementary to high school-aged students learn the fundamentals of basic animation, including Zoetropes, Flipbooks, hand and puppet animation, drawing on film and optical printing. Each class creates a collaborative animated film, which is screened at culminating festivals held at Inner-City Arts, the students' own schools and local theater and other venues throughout the city.
"This experience has encouraged me to work at something I love," Raquel, a 17 year-old high school student with Inner-City Arts said, after touring DreamWorks Animation Studios on Friday. "I learned that there are so many different little parts of an industry that you can work in. DreamWorks has opened my eyes to finding something in animation that I could really find interesting."
About Inner-City Arts Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles' Skid Row where professional artists teach students in a real studio environment. Since its inception, Inner-City Arts has served 150,000 of the city's most at-risk children at no cost to the students. Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts works in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring elementary and middle school students to the campus during the school day for instruction in the visual and performing arts. High school students participate in after-school and Saturday programs. National, long-term research proves that students who attend Inner-City Arts' classes show dramatic increases in statewide standardized test scores: 25% in math, 17% in reading, 8% in English proficiency. They also learn skills that are highly valued in the 21st century workforce such as collaboration, and creative and conceptual thinking. Most importantly, students who receive education in the arts are able to create a whole new vision of self—a new world of hope that includes accomplishment and belonging.