Black History Month Programming Sponsored by the Office of Academics

Spotlight on Excellence     Issue 3     February 22, 2013

Black History Month Programming Sponsored by the Office of Academics

The Hartford Film and Animation Institute (HFAI) will be hosting their “CAN DO” It Black History workshop for our elementary and middle year students. Through the initiative of Dr. Kishimoto to provide more authentic culturally diverse programming, the Office of Academics, has sponsored this presentation at five schools, Naylor, MD Fox, Batchelder, Clark and Kinsella – Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy will also be hosting the HFAI presentation. Here are some of the workshops' locations and times:

Kinsella Friday, February 22, 8am-9:30am

Clark Wednesday, February 27 10am-11:30am  (9:30am set up)

Naylor Wednesday, February 27th at 1:30pm

HFAI is heavily involved in providing supplemental curricular activities to Hartford Public Schools, through drawing workshops that ask elementary school children to practice geometrical shapes and then practice literary skills by creating stories about their shapes. Also, HFAI is currently working with Journalism and Media High School and the Boys and Girl club to provide after school video production workshops centered on a feature film their parent company, the Joe Young Studios, produced in Hartford.

HFAI is a subsidiary of Joe Young Studios. CEO Joe Young has worked with HPS for the past decade, with CRT Youth Arts and Technology Center prior, and with HFAI now.

HFAI focuses on supplying our kids with positive messages of tolerance and cultural awareness through their animation and feature films. Prior to the Black History Month programming, HFAI hosted Christmas special event at the Wadsworth in December on anti-bullying. To learn more about the Hartford Film and Animation Institute and Joe Young Studios please visit

For more information, please contact Jose Ramirez at


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