Detroit Future Media workshops are 20-week trainings for Detroiters interested in building Detroit’s media economy through the creation of grassroots media, and community cultural production. The workshops offer intensive trainings on video, graphics, and web design with a focus on education, entrepreneurship and media-based community organizing.


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Discotech (DISCOvering TECHnology) Free Community Workshops and Film Screening

The event is free, open to all ages and wheelchair accessible.

Join the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition for an afternoon at the “DiscoTech” (DISCOvering TECHnology.) This event is free and all ages are welcome. Learn more about the impact and possibilities of media and technology within our homes and communities. Take part in numerous hands-on workshops about the Internet, useful and free software, electronics, alternative energy, making your own music and many other interactive activities.

As part of the Electronics workshop stations, there will be a “Computer Anatomy”, an “Intro to Alternative Energy” station and a “How to Solder” station. Participants can also build their own audio synthesizer and magnetic throwies (basic LED circuits) to take home.

Attendees can visit the Consultation Station and engage in open Q & A sessions about social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, set up an e-mail account, and learn more about the Internet as a tool for community building through sharing pictures and local history. Also learn about Google’s free, open-source software packages.

The afternoon will also feature ongoing film screenings of “The Internet is Serious Business”, a short documentary produced by youth from New York City’s City-As-School with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and People’s Production House. The film investigates how the Internet’s physical infrastructure works, who owns the Internet, and  why it matters.

The Coalition is happy to host a range of special guests as well, including Detroit’s very own East Side Riders and a surprise DJ.

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is comprised of local organizations who are committed empowering all people regardless of age, gender, culture, religion, citizenship, or wealth with free and universal access to digital media and the technology that leverages communication, knowledge growth, problem solving and creative production.

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is endorsed by Allied Media Projects, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroit Sierra Club, Hannan House Sound Studio, 5E Gallery, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, the 1440 Collective, the Hush House, the Open Technology Initiative, Real Media, Urban Neighborhoods Initiative and Work Department.



The DDJC will provide a free bus from the following locations:
Kemeny Rec Center
2260 South Fort Street, Detroit
Departing 1:30pm
Returning: 4:00pm

Church of the Messiah
231 East Grand Blvd, Detroit
Departing 1:30pm
Returning: 4:00pm

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