Since 1995, The ACME Network (501)(c)(3) has pioneered the use of broadband multi-point videoconferencing and a unique 24/7 interactive online mentoring community to connect working, creative-industry professionals to middle school, high school, and college classrooms in California and across the country.
ACME uses traditional and computer-generated animation and illustration art training as a vehicle to engage students in learning and instilling 21st century critical thinking and innovation skills that are vital to any career field.
Through the participation of top media/entertainment professionals who are eager to “give back” including leading companies like Disney, Pixar, Sony and DreamWorks, ACME provides students with hands-on mentorship, instruction and constructive feedback at the highest level, using student artworks as the centerpiece of the learning process.
A key aspect of ACME’s methodology – setting it apart from other mentoring communities — is its “pay it forward” approach to mentoring. Students must offer constructive feedback to their peers in order to earn access to professional mentors. This system establishes a pattern of mutual support and collaboration within a community where the highest standards of performance and professional behavior are embedded in the experience itself – and rewarded!