The Retro Media Project fosters media literacy through educational workshops inspired by vintage media arts technologies.
The Retro Media Project mission is to provide Hillsdale area youth with increased access to media literacy education through content rich, interactive workshops; and to facilitate the interchange of creative and cultural ideas through community-based media arts projects.
Several years ago while working on a Master’s degree in arts administration I explored various concepts for a media arts organization that would combine tinkering with vintage media technologies with media literacy education and artist driven community-based projects. The Retro Media Project emerged from this research.
My hope is that the Retro Media Project will inspire kids to thoughtfully engage in media projects that are distinctive, relevant and rooted in the local community.
About Pam Heckel
I am a photographer and photographic educator.
Professionally, I specialize in environmental portraits of children and families. Examples of my work can be viewed here… http://pamelaheckel.com/.
My personal photographic projects build on my passion for people and visual storytelling. Some of this work has been created using vintage cameras and alternative photographic processes. I love how film cameras and vintage photographic processes slow things down and allow me to create away from my computer.
Since 2007 I have served as an adjunct instructor of photography for the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Online Division. The courses I teach most often are Photographic Post-Production (an introduction to Photoshop class) and Photo Criticism. I also enjoy sharing my interests in photography through small community workshops.
This spring I started a mobile media arts studio called the “Analogue Dragon”. Analogue Dragon products and custom workshops feature the use of historic and handmade media arts processes and technologies. If you are interested in learning more it visit me at the Hillsdale County Farmers’ Market in the Courthouse parking lot, Saturday mornings from 8-12, May through October. Or visit the Analogue Dragon website… http://analoguedragon.com/.
My husband, Christopher, and I have four children who are always building, making and creating! 🙂