JBFC Education Volunteers

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.

Minds in Motion
This interdisciplinary program gives students the opportunity to collaboratively write, storyboard, direct, and produce their own original stop-motion animated film. The curriculum creatively integrates elements of science, technology, math, language arts, and the arts for a dynamic project-based learning experience. During the 2013–14 school year, over 30 fourth grade classes and afterschool programs will participate in Minds in Motion.

Volunteer educational facilitators guide groups of 8–10 students through every step of producing their short film. Workshops are two hours long, and are held once a week for 12 weeks. Facilitators commit to all 12 workshops.

*** Upcoming Information/ Training Session: Friday, September 12, 2014 | 10am-12:30pm | A catered lunch will be provided.


 FALL 2014 Minds in Motion SCHEDULE

See Hear Feel Film
This one-of-a-kind education initiative helps third grade students become more active viewers of visual media and lead more examined lives. The program uses film to spark students’ creative expression and storytelling skills, while helping them write with clarity, confidence, and joy. During the 2012–13 school year, students from over 35 elementary schools throughout Westchester County will visit the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab twice for two-hour workshops. During the workshops, students view and discuss short films from around the world and collaborate creatively in small groups to practice the tools filmmakers use to tell stories.

Volunteer educational facilitators lead groups of 8–10 students in collaborative activities during the second hour of the workshop. Workshops are held at the JBFC’s Media Arts Lab on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9:30–11:30 am and 12:00–2:00 pm. Some volunteers help out with See Hear Feel Film once or twice a week, while others participate once or twice a month. We welcome any level of commitment!

*** Upcoming Information/ Training Session: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 10am-12:30pm | A catered lunch will be provided.

For further information, contact education@burnsfilmcenter.org.

To Apply:
Please fill out an application electronically and send along via email to eduvolunteer@burnsfilmcenter.org with “Education Volunteer” in the subject line of your email. You may also mail your application to Jacob Burns Film Center, ATTN: Human Resources, 405 Manville Rd. Pleasantville, NY 10570. No phone calls please.

To receive more information on the specific dates, times, and responsibilities of an education volunteer, please contact the education assistant at 914.773.7663, ext. 423 or education@burnsfilmcenter.org.

New Policy
All potential volunteers, regardless of previous experience, must complete an application. 

Important: All MAC users, please be sure to first download the free Adobe Reader to open the electronic application. Otherwise your form will be unreadable by the Media Arts Lab staff.

The Jacob Burns Film Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, encouraging people of any race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age and ability to apply for positions.


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