The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Foundation offers Classroom Grant Opportunities to enhance the learning experience of media students in our chapter region’s high schools and/or 501(c)(3) post-secondary educational organizations.
Classroom Grants allow educators to acquire and distribute resources related to video production, television, and/or broadcast journalism. Since 2017, the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation has provided 7 grants totaling nearly $13,000 to local schools for media equipment in their classrooms.
The Diverse Media Institute is a non-profit post-secondary educational institution. It housed in a highly specialized facility that is uniquely designed for the study of audio and media production.
The Diverse Media Institute will receive a $2,000 Classroom grant to purchase six Zoom H4n Pro 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder Kit. Students will use these recorders to gather professional audio to use with iPhone cameras to record interviews for visual podcasts.
DMI serves students seeking workforce training in the audio/visual field, who graduated from the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA). 89% of HSRA students qualified for free/reduced price lunch. The ethnic breakdown is 75% African American, 9% Hispanic, 8% Native-American, 5% Caucasian, and 3% Hmong, Pacific Islander or Other. This program mainly serves low-income individuals of color.
The DMI Campus is within the High School of Recording Arts. There are 3 classrooms and laboratories, including fully outfitted recording studios and a dedicated soundstage equipped with microphones, amps, speakers, gobos, filters and musical equipment.