Westchester Community College

Westchester Community College

About the Center for the Digital Arts

The Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension, established in 1994, is located in the downtown artist district of the city of Peekskill, close to other cultural centers, galleries, and restaurants and serves approximately 2,500 students per year. The 20,000 square foot facility features eleven classrooms equipped with multimedia/smart technology, and five post-production studios.  In fall 2015 the Center opened its own Maker Space equipped with seven 3D printers.  This state-of-the-art facility holds 100 Apple workstations dedicated to digital arts education including:  digital imaging, digital filmmaking, animation, and interactive design.

The college also offers popular short-term Quick Start classes for students and professionals needing to upgrade their knowledge of a software package; and a 48-hour certificate in User Experience (UX) Design, which enables students to gain exposure into what it takes to create a compelling interactive experience.  The Open Studio Access Package offers facility access with technical support to community artists and entrepreneurs who wish to work on independent projects.

The Center also offers a dynamic summer Youth Arts Technology Program offering young people an opportunity to develop a digital arts portfolio within a college environment; and fine arts courses with local artists that will enhance drawing and painting skills for both professional and personal use. In addition, the Center offers an array of community arts offerings for all ages in the studio arts.  This Center is part of the lifeblood of the community in Peekskill and a vibrant component of northern Westchester and Putnam counties.

AIM18 at the Center for the Digital Arts

Sunday, March 24,, 2018 Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension will present featured speaker, indie game designer, Keith Burgun; followed by a workshop co-presented by the Field Library with Bre Pettis, owner of Bantam Tools, see https://www.bantamtools.com and https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/22/makerbot-co-founder-bre-pettis-buys-electronics-milling-machine-maker-other-machine.

On view in The Westchester Gallery Fun and War Games by Tricia McLaughlin.  Tricia McLaughlin works in the realm of fantasy architecture and social structures in the form of 3D design, animation, painting, and sculpture.  She plays with the ideas of restructuring human behavior.  McLaughlin received an MFA from Hunter College and BFA from Syracuse University.  She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Travel and Media Arts Grants from the Jerome Foundation, and an Artist’s Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and she lives and works in New York City.  Triciamclaughlin.net

Program Schedule:

Westchester Community College, Peekskill Extension – Center for the Digital Arts
March 25, 2018
11:00 am Brunch

11:45 am – 1:00 pm Keith Burgun: Game Design Talk
In this talk, designer and author Keith Burgen talks about the discipline of building better interactive rulesets for video and board games and life as an indie game designer.

1:00-2:00 pm Bre Pettis, owner of Bantum Tools, https://www.bantamtools.com, will be speaking on The Future of Everything. This lecture will be complimented by a design workshop using a Bantum printed circuit board destop milling machine. Bring your own design and create a print or watch a demo.

Tricia McLaughlin, triciamclaughlin.net, Fun and War Games on view at The Westchester Gallery on site.

2:00 to 4:00 pm Painting Poets, Peekskill Arts Alliance

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