Atlanta, GA – Youth nonprofit organization, re:imagine/ATL is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 contribution from AT&T. Committed to fostering innovation in education, AT&T is supporting re:imagine/ATL’s mission to empower the next generation of storytellers, creating a pipeline from schools to companies in the film and digital media industries. As part of this contribution, AT&T will become the presenting contributor of the re:imagine/ATL program, Currents, and a launch supporter of the re:imagine/ATL Alliance announced in March.
Currents is a free, monthly workshop in which high school students from across Atlanta learn a variety of industry skills relating to film and digital media directly from professionals in the field. Each workshop explores a different theme and skill set offering students a unique opportunity to be exposed to the many possible career paths while getting a jump start on training in a way that is both relevant and accessible. re:imagine/ATL Alliance supporters are committed to investing financially, and by offering, time, expertise, and resources. Their crucial investment will support Currents and other re:imagine/ATL programs that work to build a future workforce for the film digital media industry that truly represents the population of Metro Atlanta.
In addition to AT&T’s presenting contribution, Currents is in partnership with the Atlanta Film Society, a staple organization for filmmakers in Atlanta, established in 1976. Past themes of Currents have included animation, business skills for creatives, game design, and content distribution.
“Exposure to creative careers and professionals has allowed me to learn about all the different options and jobs in the creative industry,” said re:imagine/ATL student, Alexa Markfield. “It helped me to understand what I'm looking for in a career and what that career will actually be like, which has shaped my goals for the future.”
AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T helps provide access to education and training people need to get and keep good jobs. Since 2008, it’s committed $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. Together with organizations like re:imagine/ATL, AT&T is connecting students to opportunities.
“At AT&T, we are committed to helping people connect with their world and opportunities that make life more fulfilling,” stated Rich Johnson, AT&T Georgia Director of External Affairs. “Georgia’s growth in the film industry is unprecedented. AT&T is proud to support re:imagine/ATL and their work to enrich lives and positively impact Georgia by helping prepare our youth with skills needed to compete in one of Georgia’s highest demand industries.”
re:imagine/ATL students created a video promoting AT&T Aspire’s support of Currents. Click here to watch. The most recent session of Currents was held on May 1 at Moonshine Post Production Studios. Students learned about careers in content creation from professionals, including AT&T employees.
re:imagine/ATL empowers the next generation of content creators in Atlanta. Since 2014, re:imagine/ATL has connected over 1000 students through in-school and out-of-school programming designed to cultivate creative storytelling through film and digital media production. To learn more and get involved, visit www.reimagineatl.com.
About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.
Susanna Spiccia, re:imagine/ATL, Executive Director