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Cinemagic Atlantic

May 2013

The Cinemagic Atlantic project engaged with 34 young people and staff from 6 special schools in Belfast (under the Extended Schools Programme) and New York in 2013. The aim of the project was to explore the area of cultural diversity through the medium of moving image arts. 

Chris Murphy, Co-ordinator for Extended Schools

The focus was to give opportunities to the students that they wouldn’t otherwise have. It was important to bring all the schools together to share the experience and learn from each other. We worked with young people with many different levels of ability and needs, and the programme allowed us to work collectively alongside Cinemagic to produce an animation that explores cultural diversity.

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34 students and staff from six special schools- Haberton Special School, Glenveagh School, Fleming Fulton, Cedar Lodge, Mitchell House and Clarawood School from Belfast teamed up with schools in New York- STAR Academy and The UN School in Manhattan to participate in a multi-strand programme of moving image arts education. Over the 6 week programme the pupils were involved in storyboarding, digital communication, and filmmaking. The culmination of the project was a trip to New York where the young people from Belfast participated in film screenings and workshops with the young people from New York, one of the highlights being a visit to Sesame Workshop.

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