DYNAMO STUDIOS

ONE YEAR STUDIO PLAN POST LIBRARY PROGRAMMING


Project Overview

 

This new stage of Dynamo will allow us to maintain all current programs, free up the organization’s ability operate with less restriction, and expand our new programs to much wider audience. Furthermore this next phase will allow for Dynamo to more effectively create realistic and pragmatic professional opportunities for students participating in Dynamo Studios programs. To achieve all of this we will be outfitting a pre existing space within a community partner’s facility with some killer recording equipment, a space to edit film and photos, and the space needed to host bands for different production sessions for our students.

Our student Reed shooting for   All Time Low  . Check out the shot he captured of   Jack Barakat     below!

Our student Reed shooting for All Time Low. Check out the shot he captured of Jack Barakat below!

Beyond our general programming and Dynamo focused production sessions this phase one space will act as a work space for a small number of creatives that volunteer their time with Dynamo. Through this exchange they will be able to utilize our space to help bolster their own professional opportunities as long as they are actively supporting our students and creating professional opportunities in their own respective field of work within the professional creative world.

This space is a one year temporary scale. We will not be permanently altering any structure that we operate out of. Once we leave the Library studio, we will use our new temporary space as our launching point for our larger production facility in partnership with Charlotte Caldwell on the new Stove Works Campus.


The shot Reed captured of   Jack Barakat   of   All Time Low   from the photo above!

The shot Reed captured of Jack Barakat of All Time Low from the photo above!

What Is Featured In This Space?

  • A recording studio built out of several modular units so that we can easily adapt to whatever space we end up in.

  • A small editing lab with five iMacs for editing photos, film, audio, branding, design, etc.

  • Enough space for Dynamo’s very small team to operate out of while we develop and build our production facility on the Stove Works campus.


POTENTIAL LOCATIONS

The Chattanooga Choo Choo

  • They have the space in their vacant train cars (HOW DANG COOL WOULD IT BE TO HAVE A STUDIO IN A TRAIN CAR??)

  • Puts Dynamo and our students in close proximity with touring artists

  • This will be a great long term investment for the Choo Choo because it creates a devoted younger audience that will support the various Choo Choo vendors for years to come.

  • The Choo Choo will be able to write off the donated use of that space on their taxes

  • This is great promotion for the Choo Choo and their active involvement in the community.

  • The Choo Choo will receive a large amount of content and media, for free, for donating the use of that space and for allowing our students to shoot film or photography during shows or performances.

  • This partnership will promote the Choo Choo as a potential micro hub for creatives, something that is currently missing in the South Side.

The Signal

  • They have the space in their extra greenrooms/auxiliary spaces

  • Our setup would be modular, which means that we can move our gear in and out (if need be) in order to not disrupt regular operations at the Signal.

  • Puts Dynamo and our students in close proximity with touring artists

  • This will be a great long term investment for the Signal because it creates a devoted younger audience that will support the Signal for the rest of their lives.

  • The Signal will be able to write off the donated use of that space on their taxes

  • This is great promotion for the Signal and their active involvement in the community.

  • The Signal will receive a large amount of content and media, for free, for donating use of that space and for allowing our students to shoot film or photography during shows.




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Professional Opportunities for Participating Students:

All students that participate in programs will have the opportunity to work alongside professionals on location at our partner facilities on a regular basis through our professional career pipeline program.


The Problem

1) Chattanooga students are currently underserved and under-equipped in the arts throughout our community. There is also a lack of professional career development opportunities for local students. Typically this issue falls on our local schools and teachers to find a solution. Unfortunately, they too are under-equipped and underfunded.

Students Ben and Jesse shooting for a local artist showcase at the Signal music venue in Chattanooga, TN.

Students Ben and Jesse shooting for a local artist showcase at the Signal music venue in Chattanooga, TN.

2) The various organizations that serve the neighborhoods zoned for local inner city schools lack the resources needed to effectively launch and execute new programs geared towards empowering the residents of these neighborhoods through the creation of media content. In a sense, they wish to give these residents a "voice" so that they can share their stories about their lives, culture, and surrounding community, thus allowing them to raise awareness for their community and empower the community long term. All of which leads to more direct investment into these neighborhoods from current residents and the community at large. Generally speaking, these residents are disadvantaged minorities who have no voice in the greater Chattanooga community, which makes it extremely difficult to have any sort of political, educational or cultural influence in their own community. These programs and tech resources will provide a means by which the inner city residents are able to improve their neighborhoods and garner community support on a massive scale.


Students Jafet (11th Grade) and Janai (10th Grade) learning how to produce in the studio.

Students Jafet (11th Grade) and Janai (10th Grade) learning how to produce in the studio.

Two local high school students from Chattanooga and a college student from     Lee University     learning how to engineer from our Executive Director, Kessler Cuffman.

Two local high school students from Chattanooga and a college student from Lee University learning how to engineer from our Executive Director, Kessler Cuffman.


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Our student Jafet (11th Grade) working on a live mix for local band     Strung     at the     TN Aquarium         for a     Times Free Press     broadcast produced by Dynamo Studios.

Our student Jafet (11th Grade) working on a live mix for local band Strung at the TN Aquarium for a Times Free Press broadcast produced by Dynamo Studios.

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Why should you, SONY ALPHA, support this initiative?

  • It is imperative that students and teachers are equipped we can get our hands on. Why? Because thats the kind of gear that leads to REAL inspiration which leads to growth and the student’s investing more into their craft and education. We are extremely picky about which companies we pursue support from because we want the perfect gear for our students and programs. Your Alpha division has been at the forefront of innovation and quality over the past few years. Thats two of our company’s cornerstone values and thats huge part of the reason we are wanting to partner with you as opposed to other camera companies.

  • This is a great marketing opportunity for your company!

    • It allows you to showcase your products in a way thats very unique.

    • Your company will look great in the eyes of consumers because you are being philanthropic. People want to support companies like that.

    • People tend to stick with the platform or brand they started out with. Essentially, this means that the overwhelming vast majority of students that continue as film makers or photographers will continue purchasing Sony gear to support their craft. This is a great longterm marketing investment.

    • This will allow you to establish a strong presence in Chattanooga’s creative scene. There are tons of media and content creators in town making the switch to the Sony Alpha system. Your support of our programs will only further that shift. Additionally, Chattanooga is surrounded by several other big cities, which means that our city would be a great place to host Sony Alpha events and meet ups.

    • We work with some of the best music makers and content creators in the business. You better believe that we will tell them all about Sony Alpha gear and how incredible your products are.

    • Your company will be provided with a steady supply of media content featuring students, professional cinematographers, and professional photographers utilizing your equipment. This is marketing gold for your team!


Local musician Mike Walker working with students from the     STEM School         on projects for our PBL program with     Songbirds Guitar Museum    .

Local musician Mike Walker working with students from the STEM School on projects for our PBL program with Songbirds Guitar Museum.


One of our high school students placing mics for a recording session with local band     Westfall    .

One of our high school students placing mics for a recording session with local band Westfall.


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WHat is SELF-ACTUALIZATION and why does it matter?

Our end goal is to help students reach Self Actualization, and the creative industry just so happens to be a perfect catalyst to achieve just that.

Definition: The realization or fulfillment of one's talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.


Our student Ben (9th Grade) shooting for     Jimmy Eat World     at the     Signal    .

Our student Ben (9th Grade) shooting for Jimmy Eat World at the Signal.

WHY SHOULD STUDENTS REACH SELF-ACTUALIZATION?

  • Self-Actualized people have peak experiences

  • They possess self-acceptance and a democratic world view

  • They are realistic and pragmatic

  • They are motivated by a strong sense of personal ethics and responsibility

  • The Self-Actualized person is autonomous

  • Self-Actualized people are spontaneous and innovative

  • They fully enjoy the journey, not just the destination


We HELP STUDENTS achieve Self-Actualization through 21st Century Skill Building and professional opportunities

  • Media Literacy

  • ICT (Technological) Literacy

  • Flexibility & Adaptability

  • Initiative & Self Direction

  • Social & Cross Cultural Skills

  • Productivity & Accountability

  • Leadership & Responsibility

  • Entrepreneurial, Economic, and Business Literacy

  • Civic Literacy

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Global Awareness


Students Angela (12th Grade) and Grace (10th Grade) working with Jerome from the Grammy-winning platinum record-selling band     Switchfoot    .

Students Angela (12th Grade) and Grace (10th Grade) working with Jerome from the Grammy-winning platinum record-selling band Switchfoot.

Outcomes and Projected Impact

Funding for this project will allow for our team to begin working — on a regular basis — with multiple schools throughout the duration of the school year. The successful implementation of this initiative will have an unparalleled impact on Chattanooga.

  • Students in public schools — 1,250

  • Teachers in public schools — 30 +

  • Community members and neighborhood residents — 50 +

  • Community Organizations — 10 +

  • Artists, Musicians, Bands — 50 +

  • Countless professional opportunities for students with local creative agencies and local businesses beyond their school and classroom.

Additional Deliverables

  • Student blogs, news journals, and media entries

  • Teacher curriculum and lesson plans

  • Media content that will be shared on a national level reaching thousands of people


WHY SHOULD THIS HAPPEN RIGHT NOW?

  • Our mission addresses every major initiative in Chattanooga (art, education, culture, innovation, neighborhood/community development) smoothly and cohesively.

  • Our programming focuses on workforce development.

  • Our programming will foster major changes in the local school system.

  • Dynamo has been successful without any operational funding.


Our Plan of Action (Dynamo Studios)

Step 1 — Acquire Scale 1 pilot funding and begin early program implementation within East Lake Fine Arts Academy, Howard High School, Howard Middle School, and our strategic partners' programming Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Step 2 — Acquire FULL Y1 Funding Spring 2019

Step 3 — Assemble and train the first Dynamo Mobile Lab teacher cohort

Step 4 — Implement mobile lab resources and programming during the Summer Break and Q1/Q2 of the 2019-2020 school year

Step 5 — Regroup and assess impact over Fall/Winter Break and plan for program implementation in additional partner schools during the Spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year

Step 6 — Assess 2019-2020 school year impact and expand mobile lab program to other HCDE schools


WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

Phase 1 - Scale 1

The scaled down first phase of this grant will cost exactly $50,000.

This startup launch funding will allow Dynamo Studios to:

  • Maintain and grow current extracurricular programming

  • Expand programming into local schools

  • Purchase all Mobile Production Technology Lab equipment for our in-school programming

  • Afford all operational expenses


WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

PHASE 2 - Year 1 Full Scale LAUNCH Funding need

In order to properly launch and scale this project we will need approximately $206,185.91 for startup. 

This startup launch funding will allow Dynamo Studios to:

  • Maintain and grow current extra curricular programming

  • Expand programming into local schools

  • Purchase all Mobile Production Technology Lab equipment for our in-school programming

  • Afford all operational expenses and two full-time salaries

 

PHASE 3 - Year 2 Full Scale recurring costs

In order to properly maintain and scale this project we will need exactly $176,006.30 in recurring expenses.

This recurring funding will allow Dynamo Studios to: 

  • Maintain current programs and the continued implementation of production resources and programming in HCDE schools

  • Maintain all production and resource equipment

  • Expand programs to additional schools within the Hamilton County Department of Education

  • Provide in-school and on-site support staff

  • Afford all operational expenses and two full-time salaries


Through community partnership, Dynamo Studios cultivates an innovative culture founded in the music industry that is essential for the sustained entrepreneurial growth of our city. You can make a difference.

If you are interested in making a financial donation to support our programs, please click the "Sponsor & Give" button below.

If you are interested in contributing an in-kind gift or sponsoring Dynamo Studios by donating music/recording or film/photography equipment, please contact us by filling out the form below. Our students can always use more gear and tech resources!

Additionally, if you have any questions regarding this specific fund please fill out the form below.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CHECKING OUT WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR OUR COMMUNITY!