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Regent Park Focus Newsletter - Summer 2014

The Buzz is a quarterly newsletter devoted to informing the broader community about the activities of the Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre. This issue covers the period of June 1, 2014 to August 31, 2014.

Previous issues of The Buzz are available at:
http://regentparkfocus.com/content/newsletters.html

Youth Summer Training
 
Ever dream of making your own TV or radio show? That’s exactly what 47 young people did this summer at Focus’s free training sessions in July and August. Youth learned about filming, production, editing, and producing in an all-around comprehensive education and training program. Some of the shows designed included: “Nerd to Nerd”, featuring internet privacy and a animated debate about  Star Wars vs. Star Trek, “Book-to-Movie” reviews, “Xposure” (a showcase of local artistic talent), and Girls Talk TV, a show where young women in the community discuss issues that matter.


 
While programming is always free at Focus, the summer sessions running Mondays-Fridays from 10 AM - 5 PM, provide more time for young people, ages 14 - 19 years, to practice, learn, and develop lasting friendships.
We Love Summer!
 
Focus video crews were on the scene, bringing RPTV news reporters to various summer events hosted in and around Daniels Spectrum.  The filming activities, generously supported by Artscape in partnership with two anonymous donors, included coverage of Dixon Hall's Show Love, a women’s yoga and Zumba fitness, a story circle, an outdoor film screening, a DJ’ing event, and the Kaleidoscope showcase involving the Spectrum's arts tenants. In addition, the crews covered the Farmer's Market, now in its second year of operation!



RPTV is preparing to broadcast  the Summer Series news shows in the fall. Tune in regularly to see what’s going on in the community and check out the daily events listings from the comfort of your homes on Rogers Channel 60 [cable] or Channel 988 [digital],  and online at  www.regentpark.tv.  RPTV is a program of Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre.
It’s A Wrap! Interfaith Dialogues TV Comes To A Close

In August, RPTV completed the final production of Interfaith Dialogues TV.  Regent Park Focus is thankful for its amazing project support from the Inspirit Foundation. “Interfaith Dialogues” was an exciting one-year, multi-media project that engaged over 20 partners from diverse spiritual traditions, faiths, and cultures.



Participants were especially enthusiastic about their interviews with Lama Tenzin, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and former Argos wide receiver-turned-yogi, Andre Talbot, who was candid about differences between professional football’s culture and meditative practice. Each show offered a different (and often new) perspective to our youth filmmakers. To see these studio chats and others, check out the playlist on  http://www.regentpark.tv/interfaith.html and online blogs!
Mozilla Time!
 
Mozilla’s Hive is a network championing youths' digital skills and web literacy through connected learning which is why they supported Regent Park Focus' Radiozilla project (in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves).
 


In addition to creating radio shows that aired on Radio Regent (listen to them here: http://www.regentparkfocus.com/content/radiozilla.html) , youth also learned Mozilla’s Popcorn to create A/V slide shows exploring topics, such as “What is Art?” with AGO guest interviews. As a special bonus to Focus and Hive TO’s collaboration, young people were invited to Mozilla’s downtown headquarters to film a Maker Party with Girls Learning Code. It was an exciting field trip which inspired a youth-led RPTV show. Thanks, Mozilla, for opening your doors, opening minds, and working for an open web!
 
Interested in learning about Mozilla’s Hive? Check out their Toronto member directory and info here: http://hivetoronto.org/members/

Hive Update

Mozilla’s Hive is a network championing youth digital skills and web literacy through connected learning, which is why they supported Regent Park Focus' Radiozilla project (in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves). The summer project activities included online resource creation, and a group of youth took a field trip to Mozilla Headquarters to film a maker party. Everyone had a great time seeing behind-the-scenes of the global non-profit dedicated to putting individuals in control online.

 
Award Season

Regent Park Focus was grateful to be nominated for this year’s Toronto Arts Foundation Arts For Youth Award. We had a great time at the reception and Mayor’s Award Luncheon, and applaud the outstanding achievements of fellow nominees, including the 2014 recipient, CUE, an organization serving new generation artists in Toronto.

Updates About Regent Park Focus
 
Don’t forget to check out our event and activities blog online at:  http://regentparkfocus.blogspot.com and view new RPTV videos on www.regentpark.tv.
Also, if you would like to host a community radio program or TV show, please contact us at: regentparkfocus@gmail.com for an application form – we would love to hear your ideas!
 
About Regent Park Focus

Operating since 1990, Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre is a community driven, not-for-profit organization located in Regent Park, Toronto. The organization is motivated by the belief that participatory media practices can play a vital role in building and sustaining healthy communities. 

Regent Park Focus serves as a Community New Media, and Radio, and Television Arts Broadcasting Centre dedicated to best practices in training and mentorship of youth in radio and television broadcasting and digital arts.
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