The Sony Pictures Media Arts Program (SPMAP)—a public-private educational partnership between the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Community Arts Partnership (CAP), the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)— will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary on Saturday at the Sony Pictures Digital Productions campus in Culver City.
The program is the only one of its kind that provides free animation programs for kids in some of Los Angeles’ most underserved neighborhoods.
Saturday’s event, which starts at 11 a.m. coincides with the 20th anniversary of Sony Pictures Imageworks, with a celebratory event on the Sony Pictures Digital Productions campus in Culver City.
"As hosts of the 10th anniversary of the Sony Pictures Media Arts Program, we celebrate the talents of hundreds of young people, many of whom will grow up to be the artists and animators of the future," Sony Pictures Digital Productions President Bob Osher said in a statement.
Through SPMAP, middle school students receive instruction in drawing, animation, and media arts at five community centers that are owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles.