Saturday, June 25, 2011

Indian Wells Arts Festival Student Winners

For three days during the 2011 Spring Break, 20 plus DATA Di students braved the hot sun to shoot Where Art is Happening at the Indian Wells Arts Festival. As part of this photography challenge in collaboration with Diane Funk Enterprises, Inc., students were also given the opportunity to upload their best imagery to the IWAF website to be judged by a group of professionals. This gave students a direct look into the process of how professional artists submit their work for festival consideration. The three winners, along with a slide show of all the submissions, are being shown here on!

1st Place, Senior Jocael Suarez | 2nd Place, Junior Ruby Velasquez 
3rd Place, Junior Jasmine Mikulak
View the complete collection here!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Education Week Interviews DATA Digital Imaging

As part of a special report on the use of multimedia tools in classrooms, four DATA Di students and instructor Matt Cauthron were interviewed during May 2011 by Katie Ash, a writer for Education Week.

The article, Art and Music Learning Emphasize Interactivity, Real-World Relevance, was part of Multimedia Transformation: A Special Report on Multimedia in Schools.

This was a great opportunity for Di students to share how the digital tools they use everyday in the studio classroom connect to real-world situations and prepare them for careers in art and graphic design.

View the photo gallery: State of the Art
Students interviewed: Jocael Suarez, Melissa Flores, Caroline Parra and Jayke Stump

Friday, June 10, 2011

2011 Desert Ad Fed School Grant Awarded

On June 9th at Escena in Palm Springs, DATA SkillsUSA received the Desert AdFeds 2011 School Grant Program award for $5,000.00.

This grant was awarded to purchase mobile lighting equipment that will enable SkillsUSA photography students to raise funds shooting portraits in the Di studio and on various locations.

A big thanks to the the Desert Ad Fed
for helping to support SkillsUSA and creativity 
in the Coachella Valley!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The 2011 DATA Graduates

Congratulations to the 2011 graduating class of the Digital Arts Technology Academy!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Cahuilla CUE Logo Designed

Congratulations to Di junior Eric Bloom for his design being selected as the winning logo for the Cahuilla Computer Using Educators!

In addition to seeing his work used by the local organization, he will also receive a $50.00 iTunes gift card.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

FLOAT! is Now in the Cloud

DATA Di is very pleased to announce FLOAT!, the second global photography challenge from The Student Creative: a network of students and teachers working to promote creativity through technology, collaboration, and digital arts.

Influenced by the portrait work of Philippe Halsman and other modern professionals, students from across geos were given the task of creating a moment of magical realism while practicing high speed photography in their community. The book (above), available on and edited by DATA Di, compiles the work of multiple high school programs from the US and China.

Just like Paint the world with Light, 100% of the proceeds from Float! will be donated to the Jacaranda Foundation to help bring arts and technology to the Jacaranda School, an AIDS orphanage in Malawi, South Africa. 

Learn more about the Jacaranda Foundation @

Stay tuned for collaboration #3!