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BEAU’s staff proudly donned their shirts of black and blue in preparation for their annual Community Service Day, an event planned with the local YMCA Community Family Center. The YMCA has stated that their Community Family Center is a symbol of “(their) dedication to strengthening (their) community through youth development.” In an effort to honor the YMCA’s dedication, BEAU had their faculty lead creative workshops for groups of children between the ages of five and twelve for a few hours.
These workshops were extensions of the programs offered at BEAU. One workshop was to make “life-size” superheroes of the children by having their silhouettes traced on a big sheet of paper and then giving them materials and support to help them fill in the drawings. The second was to make a stop motion movie as well as an action movie using special effect apps.
Excited to get started, BEAU’s staff showed up in the early afternoon ready to work and found that work is not tolerated at the YMCA. Between YMCA’s amazing volunteers, and children running around in an environment where they felt safe, it quickly became apparent to the staff that this was a day of play.
It was a welcome reprieve. Staff played soccer, drew outlines, played catch, discussed in depth story arcs of X-men, and just had fun.
There were a lot of wonderful moments, but the one that underlines the feel of that day happened while students were making a movie. Entertainment Design Program Chair Rando Schmook (who, as it happens, was the Art Director for the first X-Men movie) was directing eight children to dodge an invisible spider in a special effect movie app he had on hand. One of the boys helping Rando direct said with a huge grin, “This is awesome.” Rando, who was also grinning like a fool, turned and, with a big smile, said, “This has been even more awesome for us.”
Content contributed by Mark Sorenson