The pure joy and love for experimentation, animation, and education found in the life’s work of Helen Hill (1970-2007) is the guiding force behind all of the educational programs found at Indie Grits Labs. Inspired by her guiding principles, our education programs work to foster the 21st Century skills necessary to be an active citizen in our increasingly media heavy society and to plant the seeds for the film and media artists of the future by offering training, space and resources for the creation of new film and video work. Utilizing the Nickelodeon Theatre and our headquarters located at 1013 Duke Ave in North Columbia, we run a variety of after-school programs, summer camps, adult workshops, media workshops, and field trip programs.


Launching in 2012 with a media literacy field trip program and an after school program at C.A. Johnson High School, our media education program has developed into a robust platform with many access points for our community. Led by an education team of both staff instructors and artists from the community, Indie Grits Labs offers media literacy labs, after school programs, adult workshops, and film camps for students.

Starting in 2015, we blended our Indie Grits artist community with our media education programs when “Waterlines” artist and filmmaker-in-residence, Joshua Yates, began teaching Come Around My Way. That same year Indie Grits alumnus and “Waterlines” artist, OK Keyes created TakeBreakMake, and we launched our seasonal Adult Workshop Program featuring local artists crafting curriculum and sharing their knowledge.

Our media education programs have become opportunities for local and regional artists to teach, learn, and receive financial support. Through Indie Grits Labs our entire Indie Grits family now supports the creativity, mentorship, and instruction of our media education programs and promises a bright future.


Our day camps teach students the basic techniques of video production through producing narrative shorts & stop motion animation films & short docs to be screened at the Nick at the conclusion of the camp!


The legacy of Helen Hill, animator/activist/DIY hero, inspires all of the work we do here at Indie Grits Labs.


Our Media Workshops are process-oriented sessions aimed at giving students a hands-on glimpse at the process of media production.

Media Literacy Labs

Media Literacy Labs are field trip-based programs that bring groups of students out to the Nickelodeon Theatre for an educational cinema experience complete with popcorn and drinks.


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Come Around My Way is youth documentary project in partnership with C.A. Johnson High School.


TakeBreakMake is an after-school, youth media based project for high school students in Richland County District 1.


Our weekly middle school program, Mega MediaLab, centers around weekly critically engaging media screenings of contemporary and historical films, music videos, news programs, commercials, and other forms of current media.

Adult Workshops

We invite you to explore our unique classes and workshops and join us in an open, supportive environment where you can truly unleash your creative side.


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