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Animate A Way

Animate A Way

Animate A Way provides transformative media arts programs for youth that teach San Diego youths to become future leaders and raise awareness about pressing societal concerns.


The Girls! Camera! Action! (GCA) program is the girls-only daughter program of Animate A Way. Dating and domestic violence affects everyone, but girls and women are disproportionately the victims of these crimes. GCA helps bring young women together as they are beginning to navigate the world of dating and provides them with the tools they need to travel along the journey safely, intelligently and proudly.

As part of our efforts to give youth a voice through the media arts, Animate A Way offers an on-going program to train local middle and high school students in digital storytelling and stop-motion animation production. ‘In Motion’ is an intense co-ed 12-week program during which students learn how to appreciate and create public service announcements that are eventually shown at the Summer Showcase. Animate A Way PSAs are designed to be of the highest quality with the intention to shop them out to film festivals around the world. Beyond these opportunities, they are seen by thousands online. To watch our PSA’s, visit our YouTube page.

Many of the youth who pass through our core programs discover a passion for filmmaking and animating that they want to continue cultivating. We are proud to offer the opportunity to continue teaching them the art of film and animation production during Summer continuing education opportunities. Examples include a documentary crew of 5 students who made a survivor story in partnership with the San Diego Family Justice Center. This program helps facilitate a students desire to explore the world of production, acting and post-production.

Stop-motion is a difficult medium, but as educators and professionals, we can effectively teach any student everything they need to know in one week to make a quality stop-motion production. The proof of this is in our 1 week workshops. So far they have been offered only to grade school students, but with 4 hours a day, for 5 days, each students walks away with a finished production, a whole new set of creative tools and an awesome experience.

Throughout the year, we seek opportunities to collaborate with businesses, groups, schools and community organizations to present creative work in the genres of animation and anime. Examples of community film screenings could be at your local library or your favorite space.

Our youth work hard for a 12-week period to put together their public service announcements. During the Summer Showcase at the Museum of Photographic Arts, we celebrate their accomplishment by screening their wonderful work on one of the premier stages in San Diego. The show includes short films by other accomplished filmmakers as well as work created by our continuing education groups and other workshops. We also provide a Q&A session to engage youth in discussion with other youth.

We have the best locally and nationally awarded stop-motion animator. Our filmmaking experience and services can suit any corporation or organization in their branding and marketing efforts.

For their transformative media arts programs that teach San Diego youths to become future leaders and raise awareness about pressing societal concerns we are proud to have Animate A Way as our newest Cause of the Quarter! 

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Animate A Way is made possible by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board

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Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.

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