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Celebrating Minds in Motion Summer 2016

This past Tuesday, September 13th, the JBFC Theater welcomed students from the Minds in Motion animation program to Pleasantville for our Summer 2016 premiere. Students from all over Westchester county, including the Boys & Girls Club in Mt. Kisco, the Little School in | more »


Apply for Creative Culture's Fall 2017 term!

Pursuing a career in the arts is a practical and creative challenge, and some of the many ways we fulfill our commitment to making film a vibrant part of the community are through The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship, the Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker | more »


Creating Directors of Words: Image, Sound, and Story

Many students are used to viewing a film uncritically. To them, the techniques filmmakers use appear to be magic and often invisible.

I don’t know exactly when the idea came to me and why it came so late but as a classroom English teacher and writing instructor, I am always trying | more »


Summer Professional Development Registration is NOW OPEN!

Image, Sound, and StorySummer 2016 Professional Development

Image, Sound, and Story is a professional development program preparing teachers in grades 5-10 to integrate viewing and creating media into their classroom culture and literacy instruction. The curriculum will eventually | more »


Have Fun. Do Good. Volunteer!

The JBFC’s education programs for school and community organization groups are made possible with the passionate support of our dedicated volunteers. We encourage you to join our team and have a positive impact on the lives of young children across the region.

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Celebrating Minds in Motion

The following is a heart-warming "thank you" note from one of this year's Minds in Motion students. Minds in Motion is a 12-week animation program that happens in classrooms throughout Westchester County. 100% of the participating schools, do so free of charge. Elian Tampus is in | more »


Celebrating Family at Brookside School

Last month celebrated storyteller and educator,Bill Gordh and I helped Brookside School in Ossining celebrate Family Day. All the parents were invited to the school to see what their children have been doing and learning about. The JBFC was there to help the teachers kick-off | more »


Every Voice Counts

On Thursday, December 17, 2015, Mayor-elect, Richard Thomas of Mount Vernon visited the students at the Edward Williams School. It was delightful to experience the children's faces fill with awe and wonder when the Mayor-elect walked into their classroom. Everyone was surprised | more »


Merry Christmas!

This Christmas-themedMinds in Motion animation was made by students at Church Street School.

Merry Christmas from the JBFC!

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What is Media?

In light of Media Literacy Week, we're celebrating all the curious and inquisitive media-making minds! Check out this awesome videocreated by educator, Tara O'Gorman and her fifth grade students at the Casimir Pulaski School in Yonkers, NY. It's proof that media literacy is alive | more »