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Video art show to feature creations from teens in Spartanburg's Highland neighborhood

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Teens in Spartanburg participating in community art project (FOX Carolina) Teens in Spartanburg participating in community art project (FOX Carolina)

With their Macbook Pros, tablets and a little help from the Spartanburg Art Museum, kids in the Highland neighborhood are learning to tell their stories through video. 

"I'm doing a documentary on cancer.," said Jon'Nya, one of the teens participating. "The reason why I chose this subject is that my grandmother, she had suffered from cancer, and she had died from it last year."

Another teen, J'Darius Miller, created a stop-motion picture using action figures. 

The teens are learning to shoot video on tablets and edit the video on Macbooks provided to them. They are also learning interviewing and storytelling skills. 

The stories they are telling aim to present the Highland neighborhood, historically  high in crime, in a new light. In fact, the COLORS program by Spartanburg Art Museum is participating in the local artistic movement "Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light," which consists of ten different commissioned art project. 

Highland's project is called Video Village, and is being helmed by world-renowned light artist Erwin Redl. 

Redl wants to use the videos created by kids, and project them, along with a bright-colored show of LED lights, onto the abandoned and defaced facade of the Cammie Claggett housing complex. The video light show will be turned on Oct. 4.

"He said 'this is what I would like to do, I would like my light source to be videos," said the art museum's executive director Elizabeth Goddard. 

"There are 52 windows (in the complex), so the goal of this project is to get the residents of Highland neighborhood to help generate the content," she added. The videos will be projected as part of the Video Village event onto the windows of the housing complex. 

The aim of the entire initiative is to bring a beautiful art piece to a neighborhood long-considered dangerous and defunct. 

Goddard said the subject matter of the kids' films are wide-ranging, from deeply personal to just fun. 

"They determine what is the important story for them to tell," she said. 

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