Virginia has some amazing innovative schools. There are high schools with teachers who understand those Kinesthetic learners, those right-brain youth whose creative minds are just waiting to explore ways of expressing themselves. They are the storytellers of tomorrow. One of the best creative higher-ed programs, Kinetic Imaging, is at Virginia Commonwealth University (http://www.vcu.edu/arts/kineticimaging/dept/).
Virginia, and the surrounding communities in the DC Metroplex, have amazing artistic talent of all ages. I want to work with young artists, disadvantaged artists and creative people who, like me, had to take detours as life took them down side roads. Roads that were so rough and hard to maneuver that we put all our energies into the journey rather than the dreams of our youth.
Virginia has some amazing veteran animators, too. Some of them have worked for the top studios in the industry, on films that we all have loved but for reasons as diverse as our region, have come home to Virginia and the DC Metro area. They have so much to give and I want to make it possible. They are still able to produce and desire to mentor young talent, the way that they were mentored.