Masterpiece is a media arts program that provides underserved Toronto youth with media arts courses, to advance education. Masterpiece workshops are offered in-person for hands-on activities, as well as online, for in-depth courses on creative software applications. They will have access to professional cinema cameras and studio equipment. Moreover, the program provides coverage for software application subscriptions. Furthermore, participants will engage in business workshops that will teach them how to submit their independent projects to distributions such as Amazon Prime Video and create their own website to showcase their work.
Based on the 2016 census, Statistics Canada has shown that just under 30% of census families are run by a lone-parent. In these private households, more than 50% of people are earning less than $30k a year. Approximately 55% of those individuals have either not moved beyond a high school diploma or have even graduated at all. We believe that if youth are given the tools to be successful, they will more likely be encouraged to pursue higher education. By providing youth with arts programming through “Masterpiece”, we can demonstrate how students can use education to find opportunities to work in fields they enjoy.
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Masterpiece ``GoldMind`` is a media workshop that helps minorities finalize a digital media project of their choice. The participating youth each receive a Production Package that contains equipment, financial support, and/or pro bono classes to help them complete their projects.