This past fall, ICA Teen Programs has had the chance for a couple fun trips over to East Boston. With the development of the ICA’s Watershed installation space on the horizon, it’s good to befriend our future neighbors — and it’s just a water taxi ride away!

In November, Fast Forward Thursday, our beginner filmmaking class, took a trip to Zumix, a youth based music organization. Students went live on the air to share the audio projects that they had been working on. The pieces were inspired by favorite film genres and artwork in the ICA galleries, and after each piece, students got a chance to discuss their thoughts and process with our Zumix Youth Radio program host, Dawry. Check out a recording of the broadcast.

Our Advanced Music Production class also had a chance to visit Zumix Radio in December to play some of the beats that they had composed in recent months on the radio. Listen to our beats and conversation!

Zumix also has a post about our visits on their blog.

Another recent East Boston crossover has been with Windy Films, a local indie production company. Both our Digital Photography: Special Focus class and Fast Forward Friday, our advanced filmmaking class, were lucky enough to participate in lighting workshops led by Tripp, one of the founders of Windy Films. Tripp also gave us a tour of the headquarters, showed us the various spaces and stages involved in the production of a film, and talked us through the genesis of a indie production company like Windy Films. Our field trips to Windy were fun and illuminating — especially when we got out the cameras and lights!

We look forward to participating even more with the East Boston neighborhoods as the launch of Watershed this summer approaches!