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MACSD Open House

December 16, 2011 2:58 a.m.

The Media Arts Center San Diego holds open house to introduce its "digital gym."

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Transcript:

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ANCHOR INTRO: On Saturday the Media Arts Center San Diego holds an open house to introduce people to its new digital gym. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando takes us inside the non-profit's new facility.

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The Media Arts Center San Diego sponsors the San Diego Latino Film Festival and runs programs like the Teen Producers Project. Last August it moved from a small house in Golden Hill to more spacious offices on El Cajon Blvd. Patric Stillman is Innovations and Programming Officer for the non-profit organization.

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PATRIC STILLMAN: Yeah this is 3 times larger than what we had in Golden Hill. This used to be an auto parts store so it's a huge warehouse right on El Cajon Blvd. We used to be in a quiet little neighborhood now we are right in the thick of urban life. (:12)

That's right where the organization wants to be in order to engage the community. One of its goals is to provide under-served communities with the tools to tell their stories. People can come in and make use of what Stillman calls a "digital gym." Here they can workout on computers, editing software and more.

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PATRIC STILLMAN: If you go to a gym you can understand that you have some personal goals that you are trying to reach, you've got equipment access if you are a member. If you want to spend a little bit more you can take a class with a whole bunch of people and do the same thing to reach your goals or you can even have a personal trainer. And we're kind of doing that in media arts. (:19)

You can check out the digital gym and see the work created at the Media Arts Center tomorrow starting at 6pm at its new facility at 29th and El Cajon.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.