The State Theatre, a 501(c)(3), privately funded nonprofit organization, places great importance on the education and enrichment of our community’s youth. Our goal is to reach youngsters with relevant programs that not only entertain, but empower and ignite a passion for learning about the arts. So deeply does The States Board of Directors believe in the value of its Youth Education Program to our community, that all programs, all of which meet California State Content and Common Core Standards and are accompanied by a curriculum guide, are offered to school-age children and their schools at no charge. Our program introduces youngsters to the performing arts, develops arts literacy, and inspires a lifelong appreciation for the arts and the theater-going experience. Many of the children attending The State’s YEP are low-income and at-risk, and all fall within the five-county sphere (Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Amador, Tuolumne and Calaveras counties) overseen by The State’s partner in these programs, the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE).
The Filmmaker Boot Camp will return June/July of 2019. This is a five day program where students learn the basics of film production in a fast-paced environment. Their final project is a 3 minute film that they film in their crew of 5 students. Students work together to create a final product that is then presented at a grand finale event at the State Theatre. This program is for students who have no or little formal training in filmmaking. It’s the perfect introduction to filmmaking.
The Advanced Workshop is a two week (10 day) deep dive into narrative short film production. Students will get experience filming multiple short films over the course of the first week. The main highlight is when students take what they’ve learned and write, film and edit their own films. Students learn on industry standard software including Celtx Script Writer and Adobe Premiere Pro. This workshop is for students who have either completed the Filmmaker Boot Camp or have prior experience in filmmaking and are looking to take their work to the next level.
Transportation Grants Are Now Available
The State Theatre received funding from the Credit Bureau of Stanislaus Community Foundation to help offset the cost of transporting students by bus to participate in our Youth Education Programs. To allow us to make these funds available to as many schools and children as possible, grants for transportation to and from our no-cost Youth Education Programs will not exceed $150 per round trip. Each request will be reviewed carefully and grants will be awarded based on need (percentage of students qualifying for freed and reduced lunches). A representative from The State Theatre will contact you to report on the status of your grant after an award decision has been made.
We appreciate your support of our educational programs, and endeavor to make our programs available to all of the schools and children in our community who wish to attend. To this end, we do not charge for performances and presentations, and will assist, as funds allow, in underwriting transportation to and from our historic theater.