2004's program ran from June 21st –July 2nd with young women from Columbus area public and private high schools, as well as four teachers from the Columbus Public Schools' Arts & Communications Academies high schools. These young women were mentored during their two-week study by seven women graduate students and two staff members from ACCAD.
This year's program looked at digital artists as proponents of social change through their art and animation. Projects focused on creating 3D animation with Maya on the topic of Ohio prairies, their history, value and preservation needs. During the first week of the program we traveled to the Prairie Nature Center at The Ohio State University Marion campus and researched issues surrounding prairie preservation and restoration. In the second week of the program the girls created final animation projects that visualized their thoughts, research and opinions on prairies using their research and software experiences from the preceding week.
TEAM 1: History of the Prairie
Students: Emily, Soki, and Annie
Mentor: Yuegu Hu
TEAM 2: Loss of the Prairie
Students: Brittney, Marie, Mary and Rachel
Mentor: Francie Buschur
TEAM 3: Importance of the Prairie
Students: Laura, Gabriella and Richelle
Mentor: Shana Burns
TEAM 4: Prairie Restoration
Students: Nichole, Caitlin, Jennifer and Lauren
Mentor: Fran Kalal