Off the Block at UCR ARTSblock is an award-winning, free media literacy and documentary production workshop that started as a direct response to the profound need for youth arts initiatives in the Riverside area. ARTSblock is a uniquely well-suited educational resource for Inland Empire youth given the professional arts experiences, as well as access to the resources of the University of California, it can provide to students. Off the Block has had 8 successful years with students winning awards and prizes at several film festivals (Big Bear, PBS, ADOBE).

The program is designed to teach local high-school aged students all the necessary skills to make their own documentary film, from pre-production and planning, to filming and editing. The 4-week course culminates in students making films of their own. The final productions are shown at a special screening/reception for family and friends in the Culver Center Screening Room at the ARTSblock. This is a great opportunity for promising young filmmakers to create their own short documentaries!

No prior filmmaking experience is required! Open to participants aged 13-18. The workshop is free but space is limited. Due to high volume of response, admittance into the workshop will be through an application process. Participants must submit an application to be considered for admission into the workshop. Students accepted into the workshop must be able to attend all workshop dates. Check back in early 2018 for information about the 2018 workshop!