The concept of innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to innovation as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Art + Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the last century. Many American universities and institutions have acknowledged the need add Art + Design to the equation — evolving STEM into STEAM.


SHOOTAZ

The SHOOTAZ program empowers youth and young adults impacted by violence, or living in communities impacted by violence to pick up cameras instead of guns.
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MEET "SHAHTWON" TAYLOR

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Shahtwon Taylor, 23, started shooting music videos for local music artists in 2012 after buying his first camera, a cannon T1 i. Later he acquired the Cannon 7D and A 810 Camcorder and is now well versed in Final Cut Pro and Premiere.  Shahtwon enjoys designing graphics, eating pizza and gyros. His career interests are film production, visual communications, and game design. He's pictured above shooting with the 4K, 3 axle, DJI Osmo equipped with boom mic, and pole extension. His i phone is the LCD for the camera.  He has 6300 subscribers to his youtube page and almost 3 million views. He's been a part of SHOOTAZ Since 2015.

MEET NAOMI HAWK

Hawk, Naomi Hawk is a Ward 8 Resident born and raised in DC, 24 years old. She likes cats, pizza, traveling, photo-journalism, and composing photo essays. Naomi has experience as a model and loves shoots with a vintge Tri-X 400 film. She still develops film in a darkroom! She started shooting at 12 and her career interests include fashion and documentary style photography, design, landscape architecture, urban planning, publishing fashion material, furniture design, and environmental conservation. She has interned/volunteered with the National Park Service since 2007 and has been in the SHOOTAZ program since 2014.

shooting an informational video for the ANacostia Coordinating council @ the big chair in anacostia.

shooting an informational video for the ANacostia Coordinating council @ the big chair in anacostia.

Veteran shooters reviewing and editing film.

Veteran shooters reviewing and editing film.

Shooting mock interviews with international investigative journalist mariana brito.

Shooting mock interviews with international investigative journalist mariana brito.

(top) shooting goodman league documentary in barry farm. (bottom) veteran shooters on site at the goodman league shoot.

(top) shooting goodman league documentary in barry farm. (bottom) veteran shooters on site at the goodman league shoot.

practicing reporting on local social and environmental issues on camera.

practicing reporting on local social and environmental issues on camera.

metropolitan police department reaching new heights youth group engages in shootaz in studio production learning module.

metropolitan police department reaching new heights youth group engages in shootaz in studio production learning module.


Marine Biology - From STEM to STEAM: The wave of the future

The Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) and 8 Art & Culture are developing a new and innovative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) program for underrepresented D.C. middle school students at the Matthew Henson Conservation Center in partnership with Oysters Inc. and the Earth Conservation Corps. This program will incorporate environmental science concepts through hands-on field experiences and art activities.

8AC Board Member Brandon Wyatt and DC youth Neil Faulkner visit an oyster incubator facility at Hoopers island, md.

8AC Board Member Brandon Wyatt and DC youth Neil Faulkner visit an oyster incubator facility at Hoopers island, md.

8AC youth, volunteers, and Board posing with oysters inc ceo and team after a tour of their eastern shore operation.

8AC youth, volunteers, and Board posing with oysters inc ceo and team after a tour of their eastern shore operation.

staff from the patuxent environmental and aquatic research laboratory pose with 8AC CEO tendani after a planning meeting at the Matthew henson conservation center.

staff from the patuxent environmental and aquatic research laboratory pose with 8AC CEO tendani after a planning meeting at the Matthew henson conservation center.

Brandon and Neil pose during a visit to the harriet tubman underground railroad visitor center.

Brandon and Neil pose during a visit to the harriet tubman underground railroad visitor center.


Therapeutic Arts

"Creating Art is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically helps people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness. Children, teens and adults all benefit from these experiences."
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Community Programs

"W8ACC provides family friendly access to the arts, and to those who are genuinely intrigued."