Co.Open offers media training workshops for the month of October – Reserve your spot today!

Co.Open is offering a series of media training workshops throughout the month of October. Each workshop is $90 and meets 1 day a week for 3 weeks at Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St., Detroit. Workshops include Electronic Music Production, Intro to Video Production, Stop Motion Video for the Classroom, and Data, Mapping, and Research Justice.

Class sizes are being kept small so seats are limited. Register today at the AMPstore. If you have questions about the Co.Open Workshops, email

If you cannot afford the classes but still want to participate, scholarships are available. Click here to apply.

Co.Open is a media making cooperative that provides design services, training, and professional development for freelancers and media makers in Detroit. Co.Open is a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects, started by leaders and alumni from the Detroit Future Media program.

More information about the workshops below.

Data, Mapping, Research Justice

Data, Mapping, and Research Justice

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on October 6, October 13, and October 20

Do you want to use maps and data to further your social justice cause? Then this is the course for you! Everyone wants to use amazing maps and visual graphics for their causes, but there are a number of behind the scenes steps to ensure data is collected in a way that promotes justice. Maps and data can be used to better understand where inequality exists, to look at possible correlations between environmental risk factors, or even to visualize community responses. Working within the frame of research justice, we will be using open source tools to work with GIS data. Our goal will be to successfully understand data collection, data management, and basic map visualization.

Instructor: Alex Hill

Alex was trained in social justice movement building by the Movement Strategy Center and has supported the efforts of numerous social justice oriented causes. He is currently a Project Coordinator at a Wayne State University research center and brings 5+ years of experience in GIS, mapping, and conducting research.

Intro to Video

Intro to Video Production

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on October 7, October 14, and October 21

This video workshop introduces the basics of video production. It explores video equipment operation, composition, and storytelling. Participants will shoot and edit a short visual story that attempts to give a voice to a voiceless entity (for example, a tree telling its story through your video.). This workshop relies on participants working on projects outside of meeting times to ensure a completed project. Participants are expected to acquire video footage and audio element as well as compiling elemental files in preparation for post-production.

Instructor: Imad Hassan

Imad is a multi-media Michigan artist with more than 17 years experience as a film & video producer. One of the coordinators of Detroit Future Media, Imad is currently working on independent documentary films through his company In Detroit Films.

Electronic Music Production

Electronic Music Production

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on October 8, October 15, and October 22

This class will focus on electronic music production. In this class we will use computer software, midi controllers, tape recorders and electronic hardware instruments. Using these tools, we will attempt to break down a wide range of methods used in electronic music production. Take this class if you are interested in understanding how electronic music is made on a theoretical and practical level. All experience levels welcomed.

Instructor: Ben Christensen

Ben (a.k.a. b-Christensen, Dakota Bones, ter(r)a) is a Detroit-based musician and producer. He composes music for TV, Film, animations and advertisements. He has taught electronic music with Youthville Detroit, Detroit Future Schools, and Detroit Future Media. You might see him around town deejaying your favorite sets.

Stop Motion Video for the Classroom

Stop Motion Video for the Classroom

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on October 11, October 18, and October 25

How can educators use digital media to make a classroom more humanizing? Over the last 3 years Detroit Future Schools has been making media in Detroit k-12 classrooms. In this workshop, participants will explore stop motion video production as a classroom practice for creating a more dynamic learning space. We will make our own stop motion videos and also prepare lesson plans for your classroom that use stop motion video to make your classroom content come to life. We will cover everything from why digital media is such a powerful learning tool, to how to manage a film crew of 30 youth with cameras.

Come with lesson plans and/or content you need to cover. If you have a smartphone and/or any cameras that is a plus but not mandatory. Open to all educators!

Instructor: Nate Mullen
Nate Mullen is currently the Lead Teaching Artist with Detroit Future Schools. Nate is a graduate of Detroit Public Schools and the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. For three years, Nate has worked in classrooms across Detroit and has led student media investigations yielding critical projects which have included everything from stop motion videos about Newton’s Laws to infographics on economic globalization. All of these projects are the result of working closely with teachers and students to integrate digital media into the core curriculum of the classroom.

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