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. 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.
Media Literacy Labs are field trip programs that give a chance for students to visit the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s only non-profit movie theater, for a special cinema experience, complete with popcorn and drinks. Programs include hands-on, educational activities, film screenings, and engaging games. Our programs are aligned to the SC Department of Education Media Arts and ELA standards. Media Literacy Labs develop problem-solving and technical skills, as well as analytical thinking through critical viewing and comprehension.
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.
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. All classes take place at Indie Grits Labs (1013 Duke Avenue) and vary in length and duration— one workshop may meet once a week for four weeks, whereas another workshop may only meet once. Workshops are for ages 15 and up. Nickelodeon Theatre members receive discounts on registration fees for our workshops.
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!