The pure joy and love for experimentation, animation, and education found in the life’s work of Helen Hill (1970-2007) is the guiding force behind all of the educational programs found at Indie Grits Labs and the Nickelodeon Theatre. Inspired by her guiding principles, our education programs work to foster the 21st Century skills necessary to be an active citizen in our increasingly media heavy society and to plant the seeds for the film and media artists of the future by offering training, space and resources for the creation of new film and video work. Utilizing the Nickelodeon Theatre and our headquarters located at 1013 Duke St in North Columbia, we run a variety of after-school programs, summer camps, adult workshops, media workshops, and field trip programs.
After School Program
Our weekly middle school program, Mega MediaLab, centers around weekly critically engaging media screenings of contemporary and historical films, music videos, news programs, commercials, and other forms of current media. Learn More
We invite students of all ages and abilities to explore our workshops at Indie Grits Labs. We offer a diverse range of classes in a collaborative and supportive educational environment. Learn the basics to advanced skills with our accomplished teaching artists and filmmakers. Call to register or come visit us in person.Learn More
SEPT 2016 - MAY 2017
Come Around My Way is a youth media project, a partnership with C.A. Johnson High School - seeks to use media literacy skills and video production techniques to empower students in their high school careers to produce socially engaging documentaries that deepen their understanding of themselves and broaden their knowledge of their respective neighborhoods.Learn More
AUG 2016 - MAY 2017
TakeBreakMake is an after-school, youth media based project for high school students in Richland County District 1. Hosted in the Helen Hill Media Education Center, in partnership with Harriet Hancock LGBT Center and USC's Women and Gender Studies program, TakeBreakMake provides video production and media literacy instruction for the purpose of empowering high school students to not only tell their own story but to develop new modes of storytelling.Learn More
Looking for something fun and creative for the kids to do this Summer and during Spring Break? If you have an aspiring auteur in your family our Film and Media Camp programs could be for you! Our day camps teach students the basic techniques of video production through producing narrative shorts & stop motion animation films & short docs to be screened at the Nick at the conclusion of the camp!Learn More
Field Trip Program
Our popular field trip program, Reading Movies, presents film screenings, post film discussions and critical thinking/writing exercises that introduces students to the skills they need to be able to become media literate in today's video heavy society. Register your group today for a this 3-hour program that features a movie screening, free popcorn and an interactive lesson on the basics of understanding the languages of film: Camera, Editing, Sound & Mise en Scene (Composition, Setting, Character, Wardrobe, & Lighting). Learn More
For information regarding any of these programs, please contact Seth Gadsden at [email protected].