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Gin Ferrara

Gin Ferrara is a media arts educator, artist, and storyteller. She is currently teaching and developing workshops with Regional Educational Television Network. Ferrara's early work as a media instructor for young people sparked her interest in helping people tell impactful stories, and has continued to be the foundation of her work. As the co-founder of Wide Angle Youth Media, she created programming, outreach, management, and fundraising plans, and steadily grew the organization for 10 years. She enjoys collaboration, and has partnered with schools, agencies, companies, and community groups to create events, build dialogues, share skills, and bring people together, online and in real life.  In 2009, Ferrara founded Spindle & Widget,  to create community-focused media, trainings, research, and strategies that get people talking and taking action. S&W specializes in creative outreach, community media education, and compelling storytelling to support nonprofits, artists, and socially-responsible businesses. 

Gin and the educational dept at RETN can make presentations and conduct workshops/trainings on the following:

  • Digital Storytelling
  • Social Media (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Videomaking (both digital cameras and mobile media tools)
  • Oral (performed) Storytelling
  • Graphic design
  • Video Editing (iMovie and WeVideo)
Additional Links: 
Personal website, portfolio, and writing
Logos and illustrations for clients and personal projects.

I Have Worked With

  • October 2017

    Gin provided an introduction to graphic design, and worked with two classes of middle school students to create circus posters as part of their Spartan Circus project. Students learned the basic terms and concepts of design, chose photographs, fonts, colors, and layouts in Canva, and took part in a peer-review exercise to edit and re-work their posters.

  • June 2016

    In 2015 Gin created the visual design for the Wake Up to Dying Project's traveling exhibition of audio stories, workshops, and events focused on getting people talking about death and dying. In 2016 Gin continued this work, updating graphics and creating new posters for their events. 

  • July 2015

    Gin taught digital storytelling workshops for the Northfield Teen Center's summer program. As the site is a drop-in center, she created lessons that fit the flexible nature of the center, and provided professional development for the staff to continue the work.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Gin
Job Title/Position: 
Media Educator
Mailing Address: 
208 Flynn Avenue
Suite 2K
Burlington, VT 05401
Physical Address: 
208 Flynn Avenue Suite 2K
Burlington, VT 05401
Last Name: 
Ferrara
Phone: 
802-654-7980
TTY Phone: 
802-654-7980

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Media - Digital
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Graphic
Literature - Spoken Word
Year Founded: 
2012
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Film Showings
Funding
Marketing Services
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Freelancers Union
National Alliance for Media, Arts, and Culture - Media Institute Alumni
Awards: 
Open Society Institute Community Fellowship 2001
Wide Angle Youth Media Leadership Award 2010
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Vermont Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Media production and storytelling training can be flexible and supportive of many different types of learners. Working in teams, modifying the height and position of video and digital media equipment, and teaching to multiple learning styles make media education accessible for most learners.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Design
Literature
Media
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Bachelor in Fine Arts - Sculpture
Special Student Film + Video
Fee Range Minimum: 
$50
Fee Range Maximum: 
$125

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
The Media Factory
Venue Type: 
Multi-Purpose Room
Venue Address: 
208 Flynn Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Venue Phone: 
802-654-7984
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Recording Equipment
Sound system
WiFi
classroom with large-screen monitors
Venue Capacity: 
40
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
$150
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500
Venue Accessibility: 
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Trained Crew Available