Summer Sessions 2021 are underway and we have more participants than ever before! This summer we have four, two-week sessions with classes in animation, gaming, visual effects and more. We have artists representing at least 28 states and four countries all honing their skills and realizing their passion for the digital arts. 


Students like Conrad (see their dancing character above!) are further developing complex animation skills while new ones, like Ryan, are taking three of the four sessions and setting big production goals. Ryan is bringing to animated life, a book his grandmother wrote for him when he was a toddler. We look forward to seeing Eli Elephant and his friends evolve!
 


There is incredible talent popping up and as always, the EM family is supporting each other and helping their peers grow as artists, friends, and future entertainment industry employees. This week was the first week of session 2 which means there is another student showcase streaming live next Friday July 23rd on our 
YouTube Channel. We hope you join us.


In the meantime, you can watch the first student showcase here, hosted by our newly promoted Associate Dean, Tim Dailey. Please join us in congratutaling Tim in his well earned new role!

We wish our EM family and friends a fantastic and healthy summer! 
 


Exceptional Minds, a California non-profit of the year, is an academy and studio preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation, visual effects, 3D gaming, and other related fields in the entertainment industry. Exceptional Minds provides critical technical and work readiness training customized to help its students achieve their full artistic and professional potential, creating a new pipeline of talented artists, and fostering inclusive hiring practices. Exceptional Minds and its partners are building a future where neurodiverse perspectives are vital to the advancement of a more empowered and inclusive society.

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