Multi Media Lab
By John Webster
The City of Takoma Park has a lot to be thankful for. With the help of City TV, IT and Recreation Department staff, the City of Takoma Park now has a fully functional Multi Media Lab. The lab opened its doors on Monday, Oct. 3 with eight computers that can be utilized by the Takoma Park community with all of the newest software. The Multi Media Lab is open Monday – Wednesday & Friday from 3 – 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 – 5 p.m.
The staff for the Multi Media Lab are William Rice and Rob Radcliffe. Their goal is to ensure that the Takoma Park community residents are as knowledgeable about internet and communication technology as their peers in other communities.
“The new Multi Media Lab is amazing. It is exactly what we need in the current technological world,” Radcliffe said.
“We have an incredible range of professional software, including the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite; Photoshop; Dreamweaver; Premier Pro; Audition; Illustrator; Photoshop; Lightroom; InDesign; Animate and After Effects, as well as Apple’s powerful production tools such as FCPX, Motion, Compressor Garageband and others,” Rice said.
This lab has the potential to be an oasis for everyone to use the newest software. “I would like the community to be able to learn and use these programs since these skills can provide them with a lot of opportunities in the future, and the cost of Adobe products can be a barrier to people being able to learn and use these programs”, Radcliffe said.
“The Multi Media Lab creates a number of positive opportunities. If you want to be creative, we have the tools,” Rice said. “Music, art, video, photography, web design, and animation, etc. Wherever your imagination wants to take you, we will help you get there. All ages are welcome. Bring your curiosity and imagination, come learn and have fun.”
Both Rice and Radcliffe believe that the goal for the Multi Media Lab is to help people in the community see that they are capable of learning and creating the same content that they see on YouTube or on posters they see and providing them a space where they can learn these skills at their own pace. They also believe that the Multi Media Lab provides opportunities for everyone. There are great computer resources available for the Takoma Park community in this state-of-the-art facility, including the most powerful iMac computers that are fully loaded with a wide range of professional creative software. Come on out and enjoy the fun of the Takoma Park Multi Media Lab.
Multi Media Lab Open Hours Located on the second floor of the Community Center, participants will have access to the latest Mac computers, word processing and editing software including but not limited to Final Cut Pro and a variety of other programs. Utilizing this equipment will allow you to produce professional work of the highest quality at your own pace. No instruction provided, work independently. The Multi Media Lab will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Instructors: William Rice and Rob Radcliffe. TP Community Center Multi Media Lab Monday – Wednesday & Friday, 3 – 8 p.m. Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m. Closed on Thursdays and Sundays
This article appeared in the November 2016 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.