Programs at Spy Hop
Our dynamic studio environment actively engages youth in an array of innovative digital media programs. All of Spy Hop’s programs encourage youth to explore issues and concerns that are relevant and meaningful to their lives, to become critical consumers of media and to become actively involved in their communities. Student work reaches local, national and international audiences through platforms such as iTunes, YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, Soundcloud, film festivals, public radio, broadcast TV, on-demand cable stations, local screenings, performances and events.
Our afterschool classes are for students ages 13 – 19. They take place year-round in our downtown Salt Lake City studio. We offer introductory to advanced classes in film, audio, music and design.
Spy Hop In-School POPS Programs (Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools) are designed to inspire students and teachers throughout Utah with our impactful digital arts curriculum. Spy Hop brings teaching artists to a single classroom, grade level, or an entire school through workshops and assemblies. These programs introduce young people to concepts of media arts in film, audio and design. These activities encourage engagement in core subjects as well as develop 21st century skills.
Through community partnerships with schools, youth organizations, and government agencies Spy Hop is able to provide its high-quality programming to youth throughout the state of Utah. These customized classes can be held during school as well as out-of-school time hours in a variety of locations across the state of Utah as well as at our downtown center.
In partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Spy Hop is able to bring the Voices of the West, Stories from Utah Youth Program to three rural regions of Utah – San Juan County, Tooele County, and the Uinta Basin. Through afterschool workshops and paid summer media intensives, this program provides a unique opportunity for Spy Hop mentors to offer week-long programming that aims to elevate the voices and ideas of young people while also celebrating what makes their communities unique.
Spy Hop’s Youth-In-Care programs are for young people in the foster care system, residential treatment programs, secure care facilities and those in state’s custody.
The Sending Messages program, started in 2009, is a radio podcast created by incarcerated youth from Wasatch and Decker Lake Youth Centers. Participants earn art or English credit each month while they write, perform, record and produce poetry, short fiction, spoken word, and interviews that are then compiled into podcasts.
Spy Hop’s full-day week-long summer camps are for students ages 9 – 14 and offer a range of workshops in film, game design and music.