The Moxie Cinema is partnering with Springfield Public Schools for a different kind of field trip.
Third grade students from 10 different schools will be coming to the theatre for a special event aimed at developing critical visual literacy skills. The students will have images they see every day on television, in video games, or online, and have them highlighted to discuss the meaning behind those images.
“We specifically chose 3rd grade because that is the year every student gets a Chromebook as part of SPS’s IGNiTE program,” Mike Stevens, Executive Director at the Moxie, said in a statement. “With more time in front of screens, both consuming and creating visual media, it seems the ideal time to provide these kids with strategies to critically assess and decode what they see, ultimately developing more thoughtful viewers of media.”
The workshops will last about 90 minutes. The program will have students become “Image Detectives”, examining the filmmaking techniques of color, camera shots, and sound. They will examine scenes and movie stills from classic films like “Grease” and more recent movies like Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
“This partnership with SPS allows us to extend our community impact by expanding our education program,” Mark McQueary, Moxie Cinema Board Chairman, said in a statement. “At our core, the Moxie exists to enrich our community through film and its power to engage, educate and inspire, and we are excited to host these young people at the theater, hopefully sparking a lifelong appreciation and deeper understanding of film.”
The field trips are supported by Springfield Public Schools, the Jacob Burns Film Center, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.