Curriculum

The product of over two decades of experience, Global Action Project's Media In Action Curriculum is available here for free download. Grab it, read it, use it, adapt it, and tell us how it worked (or didn't) for you.

Global Action Project developed the Media In Action Curriculum through its after-school media arts programs and, more recently, its Media in Action trainings. Media in Action runs multi-day, intergenerational trainings for community organizers who want to harness the power of youth media to move their work further, faster. To learn more about Media in Action or to find out how to participate in a training, visit our Media in Action page.

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This curriculum is a rough guide, not a blueprint. Think of it as a foundation on which to build your own house. The workshops as rendered here capture a moment in the evolving history of our work. We want you and your work to be a part of this evolution. Adapt these pieces to fit your own needs, then tell us about it!

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We are all a part of communities that develop and define us. Media representations have a critical impact on how we and others perceive our communities. In this workshop, participants reflect on what it means to belong to a community. They explore the struggles and strengths of those communities, representation and misrepresentation by media, and how to bridge the gap between reality and representation.

This workshop introduces participants to visual storytelling. They explore basic camera work and visual compositions.

Through both critical viewing and hands-on activities with the camera, participants will understand the possibilities of visual expression.

Everyone has knowledge, experience and expertise. In the media, however, only certain voices are heard. In this workshop, participants learn to develop interviewing skills within an ethical framework of understanding power dynamics rather than an objectification of the other.

*Prerequisite: Cinematography 101

The media frames their messages according to ideologies.

This workshop helps participants decode the media's messages, view media critically, and consider media's role in advancing social justice.

How can we use media to embody and promote the values of liberation? This workshop encourages participants to consider positive impacts that media have had on them personally as well as on social movements in the 20th Century.

A fun workshop that features a study of montage in early Soviet Cinema and a hands-on video production activity to explore how creative choices can make a message more powerful.

This workshop explores oppression by examining how oppressive systems function in our lives interpersonally, internally, and institutionally. Participants also begin envisioning possibilities for liberation.

In the Unites States, there is a vast gap between the rich and poor. This is a product of the economic system that we live in, and understanding this is key to organizing towards social justice. This workshop explores the nature of power in the U.S., and is an excellent introduction to many of the core concepts in G.A.P.’s curriculum.

Acknowledgements

This curriculum could not have been possible without the hard work and creative insight of Global Action Project's staff members and young people over the years--especially G.A.P.'s media educators past and present. We are especially grateful to the curriculum committee (Sumitra Rajkumar, Pilar Valdes, Binh Ly, Dan O'Reilly-Rowe, Teresa Basilio, and Chrystian Rodriguez) for their extraordinary work innovating our synthesis of media, youth development and political education. We'd like to thank Susan Siegel and Diana Coryat for their early contributions, and Jeremy Engle, Dare Dukes, and Meghan McDermott for supporting its completion.

This curriculum has been generously funded in part by: The Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.