All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
Award winning animator and documentary film maker Dustin Grella captivated Boulder Creek Academy students and staff who assembled to hear his life’s journey to personal success.
Dustin Grella, whose film "Prayers for Peace" won more than forty awards and whose work has screened at renowned film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival, was brought to the campus by My Own Beat (MYO), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to expose students to formative skills through direct interactions with successful practitioners in diverse fields. Boulder Creek Academy will host three more presentations featuring renowned artists and filmmakers in ensuing months.
MYO was founded by the father of an adolescent who is enrolled in a treatment program. His dream is to connect and inspire students who are in a therapeutic placement by introducing accomplished professionals and their work in the humanities, arts and sciences to enable youth to explore and develop life and career goals through direct interaction.
The presentation included an interactive, hands-on art project, where students worked to create their own animation. In addition, a reception followed and students were able to connect personally with Grella. In preparation for the presentation, students had classroom assignments to help engage and educate them on the speaker and his career.
“Our students enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with a gifted artist. He was well-received and everyone enjoyed the presentation. It was a bonus to have some of our students help with the presentation. One student mastered the lighting and sound and others pitched in as well,” explained Boulder Creek Academy Executive Director Lisa Hester.About Boulder Creek Academy For 24 years, Boulder Creek Academy has focused on meeting the unique needs of adolescents, ages 13 to 18, whose needs are not being met in a traditional school setting. At Boulder Creek Academy students rediscover their academic and social confidence. The key to our success is that we reignite our students’ belief in themselves by utilizing time-tested and proven methods. Students begin to experience academic achievement, regain self-esteem, learn to embrace their uniqueness and become capable learners who are confident in themselves. The campus is situated on 180-acres at the base of the Cabinet Mountains in northern Idaho. Students are accepted for enrollment year-round.