FOCUS is Magic Box Productions’ annual exhibition, featuring more than 50 photographs and videos by our students. The program showcases the power of young artists’ eyes as they fall on the spaces, places, and people of New York City.
We are delighted to announce the expansion of Magic Box’s first public art installation, Hudson Square is Now! Through a collaboration with The Hudson Square Connection and the NYC Parks Department, Magic Box seniors at Chelsea CTE High School are creating original photo banners about their vibrant neighborhood for the construction fence around Spring Street Park on 6th Avenue.
Say hello to our newest Board Member! We are thrilled to welcome Pashmeena Hilal to Magic Box’s Board of Directors. With her experience as a marketing consultant and her passion for technology and arts, we are sure she will be a great asset to our team. Welcome aboard, Pashmeena!
Starting on June 26, Magic Box Productions and the Harrison Public Library System offered environmental media arts mini-camps, where young participants had the opportunity to learn interesting documentary and photography techniques. Students age 8 to 16 learned the importance of being environmentally conscious in a world of dwindling resources, and they used media arts to demonstrate the importance of community action.
On Wednesday, May 3rd, a full house gathered at the Salmagundi Club to celebrate Media Arts with Magic Box at FOCUS 2017, honoring Shree K. Nayar - T. C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, and Martin Crook- Award-Winning Photographer.
We want to express our gratitude to Neuberger Berman’s corporate volunteers, who joined us in the classroom on Friday May 5th for a day of service at the Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School in Harlem.
See how students from The Scholars Academy in the Rockaways are exploring the intersection of science, art and education, during their Bigshot Photography program with Magic Box Productions, in collaboration with Dr. Shree Nayar of Columbia University.
From July 18th to the 21st, Magic Box Productions and Harrison Public Library offered a documentary mini-camp for young filmmakers, where they had the chance to explore the town of Harrison and learn hands-on documentary techniques to create original videos.
During the third Blueprint: Moving Image PD Workshop on May 25, 2016 at The Museum of the Moving Image, Variety Chief Film Critic Owen Gleiberman shared insights about the importance of good critique in society and education.
Shot in late 2013 to early 2014, 'Melmilap' recounts the reunion and travels of the filmmaker Jon Appel with three of his college friends Milap, Larry, and Guman in Nepal (the home of Milap and Guman), during a time when its political sphere was at a historic precipice.
Manhattan International High School Students Mary Mansaray, Farjana Tahmin and Hawa Tall and Bibi spoke at the opening of the 2016 Face to Face Conference at the City College of New York, presented by The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.
To celebrate National Library Week (April 10 to 16), the library will feature an exhibit of photography created during Magic Box's workshops, as well as hands-on media arts workshops with MBP Teaching Artists.
On Tuesday March 1, the NYC DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects, the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment, and Magic Box Productions, presented at the Paley Center for Media the first of three exciting Blueprint: Moving Image Professional Development offerings for 2016.
As part of her amazing job as a teaching artist, Liz has been working with PS 18Q, IS 237, Humanity School of Applied Communication (HSAC), Brooklyn Theater Arts High School (BTAHS), John Dewey High School, Harrison Library, International High School at LaGuardia, among others.
Are you looking for a hands-on activity for your kids to do during the midwinter break? Magic Box Productions and Harrison Public Library offer the perfect opportunity for them to explore the world of “green screen.”
Create beautiful Valentine's day gifts! Join us at the "Make a Memory: Family Photo Books workshop series, meeting Saturdays, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn how to combine photographs to create original and unique photo books to give or to treasure.
Starting this fall, Magic Box’s professional media teaching artists will be onsite at the newly refurbished Harrison Library leading a variety of fun and accessible media arts workshops. Classes will be available at the Library most Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, starting with a Family Photography Workshop on November 28th, 2015.
On Monday May 18th at the Auburndale Public Library in Queens, Magic Box photography students at JHS 194 participated in the grand opening of their photo exhibit documenting faces and places throughout Queens, NY. The students worked in our after school CASA program using traditional digital cameras as well as handmade "Bigshot" cameras they assembled themselves.
On Thursday May 7th, Magic Box Productions hosted FOCUS 2015 at the Poet's Den Gallery in East Harlem, where Paul King, Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Special Projects for the NYC Department of Education and Jane Remer, Author, Philanthropist and Arts Education Evaluator were honored for their extensive and remarkable contributions to Arts and Education.
For the first time in MBP history, our students are not only capturing fascinating images using digital cameras, they're actually building them! DIY: Building Cameras and Community, is a Creative After School Adventure program at JHS 194 in Queens, NY, in which 6th and 7th grade MBP students learn to assemble Bigshot digital cameras to use to document their community.
One of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) not only impacted the arts, but also effected change in race relations, civil rights, and social justice. At Magic Box, we often have our students engage with Parks' work through photographs, research and writing. Magic Box’s “Through My Eyes” program, now in its fourth year at Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) High School, uses Park’s groundbreaking photography as part of this language based, literacy rich, media art curriculum.