Saturday, April 19, 2008

Episode 56, Pittsburgh Arts Education


International Academy of Design & Technology Benefits
Renee Forbes, Fashion Show Advisor

A native of Charleston, South Carolina Renee Forbes relocated to Pittsburgh, PA in August 2004. She is an Instructor of Fashion Merchandising at the International Academy of Design and Technology, Pittsburgh located in the Omni William Penn Hotel at 555 Grant Street. She is the Student Fashion Association Advisor and just directed the Fashion Event of the SEASON! The 3rd Annual Fashion Show entitled, "Feature Presentation." A trailer of the show can be seen on "youtube" videos, search IADT Pittsburgh.

Renee speaks about the “engaged learning” at the academy and also on line offerings at 11 locations. Renee also talks about all of the offerings of International Academy of Design and Technology.
Fashion Design, Interior Design, Game Design
Multimedia, Web Design, Computer Graphics,
Advertising, Video Production
Renee Forbes
International Academy of Design and Technology
555 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Tom Sevini, Douglas Education, Sevini School of Special Effects
Tom Savini is a world-renowned special make-up effects artist, director, and actor.

Some of his credits include:

"From Dusk till Dawn"
"Night of the Living Dead ‘90"
"Friday the Thirteenth"
"Dawn of the Dead" / "Day of the Dead"
"Texas Chainsaw Massacre II”

Tom can soon be seen in the upcoming sequel “Lost Boys 2" where he will play a vampire/surfer.

He began his Special Make-Up Effects Program at Douglas Education Center in 2000 and most recently (this February) added his Digital Film Production Program. The unique thing about DEC and Tom’s programs are that students get to interact and collaborate with other talented students studying various aspects of the entertainment/art world.

Tom speaks about
• The facilities at DEC and how they replicate real-world environments.

• The disciplines studied in the 16- month special make-up effects program: Mold making, casting, hair and beards, animatronics, prosthetics, sculpting, painting, creature design, fashion and performance make-up. Plus, you get an associate in specialized business degree!

• the digital film students planned projects: music videos, trailers to present to the American Film Market, feature films, and even pilots for reality television
• Shows.

Tara Dorazio
Douglas Education Center
130 Seventh Street
Monessen, PA 15062

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Laura Domencic, Director

Laura Domencic is the Director of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She received her BFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University and studied abroad at the University of Tasmania in Australia. She exhibits her paintings, sculptures and installations locally and nationally. As an art educator and administrator for the past ten years, she’s organized artist residencies, developed art education programs, and curated solo and group exhibitions at several non-profit arts organizations in the Pittsburgh community.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is deeply involved in the regional art 'world,'
through gallery exhibitions of regional artists and artist guilds, art classes open to the public for kids and adults, and placing artists in short-term residencies in schools and other local institutions.

Laura Domencic also speaks about the education programs of both the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the programs and facilities offered by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Laura Domencic
Pittsburgh Filmmakers & Pittsburgh Center for the
412) 681-5449

Living Legends Jazz Series: Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Janis Burley Wilson, Vice President of Education and Community Engagement says, “It was a thrill to book these great nights of jazz. Joe Harris played with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, toured with Quincy Jones big band in the early 1960’s. According to many, Jimmy Ponder is one of the best jazz guitarists of that era in the world. We’re so fortunate to have these artists living and working in Pittsburgh, and it’s time to honor them.”

In conjunction with “Living Legends,” there will be a photography exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery from April 4-May 2, featuring the work of Nathan Tritter and jazz photos by Teenie Harris, courtesy of the Carnegie Museum. The opening reception on Saturday, April 5, 5-7pm will include a performance and talk about the 100th anniversary of the Black Musician’s Union.

Janis Burley Wilson also talks about cultural education that goes on because of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Janis Burley Wilson
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
412-848-1987, office is 412-471-6078

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