2021 Summer Institute: KODA Digital Art Fellowship

Overview: KODA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization for mid-career socially engaged artists. Current artist-in-residence, Farideh Sakhaeifar, is working with KODA to develop the 2021 Summer Institute: Digital Art Fellowship curriculum. The aim of the Fellowship is to bring a digital arts program to BIPOC, underserved and underprivileged high school students from Brooklyn, NY.


Objective: Program gives students the ability to hone their artistic, creative and technical skills to better prepare them for job opportunities and build their college portfolios. Students become comfortable with exercising their skills and the software to realize their creativity.


Outcome: Program is directed towards low-income students from Tier 1 Brooklyn high schools, prioritizing those students without internet access. In total, 20 students will obtain practical computer, graphic design, and digital skills. Each session will be concluded by a student showcase, during which students will be able to show the work that they have made throughout the month. Having completed all the requirements for KODA Digital Art Fellowship, students will receive a $100 stipend.


Admission: Applicants will provide a brief 1/2 page cover letter stating the student's interests and how the Digital Art Fellowship will contribute to their professional and artistic development.


Potential Partners: Recognition in all marketing materials, grant proposals, KODA's website, and social media.

Program Duration: July and August 2021. Two sessions, one month each. 10 students per session.

Program Structure: One month per session 4 times per week 10am-3pm ET with 1 hour recess and lunch.


Curriculum Outline

Faculty: Farideh Sakhaeifar (left), Klaudia Ofwona Draber (right), and one more arts educator TBD.

  • Creative Skills and Adobe Suite Software

  • Performance Art

  • Graphics Design

  • Photography

Email us at info@kodalab.org to inquire about partnership and/or participation.

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