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Californians to teach animation in NP

May 24, 2019

The Calibraska Arts Initiative will be coming to North Platte July 15-19 with classes in animation and film taught by Los Angeles-based teaching artists.

Erica Larsen-Dockray, who teaches and creates animation in Los Angeles, is a Scottsbluff native. She started teaching animation on visits home and later invited fellow animators to join her. Since 2013, five professional animators have visited the state for the first time for Calibraska.

Larsen-Dockray also serves on the advisory council for the Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the initiative thrives in large part with funding support from the Johnny Carson Foundation.

“It has been such a joy to bring these talented artists to my home state of Nebraska and witness the impact they make on the students as well as the impact Nebraska has on them.” said Larsen-Dockray, Calibraska Arts Initiative director. “I couldn’t be happier with how the initiative has taken shape as a cross-cultural exchange.”

The program begins in Lincoln, then goes to Scottsbluff. It will wrap up in North Platte with camps at partner site Mid-Plains Community College. Jeff Smeltzer, business and community education coordinator at MPCC, learned about Calibraska while visiting the West Nebraska Arts Center in Scottsbluff during the camps.

“Mid-Plains Community College is excited to bring in animation programming of this caliber to our area,” Smeltzer said. “This is an opportunity to transform lives through such an exceptional learning experience and connection to new industries of art making.”

Larsen-Dockray will be assisted by Ezra Sky Peterson-Behnen for Animation 1.0: The Animation Playground for the sessions in North Platte. Classes are for ages 12 and older.

Educators who are interested in learning animation to implement in their classrooms are encouraged to take the classes as well.

Registration is now open for the classes. Dates, costs, age ranges and class descriptions as well as registration processes can be found at calibraska.org. For other questions, email info@calibraska.org or call 308-631-5704.

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