FunPlus and Creative Art Works Confirm Year Two Character Design Apprenticeship Program

Today, FunPlus and Creative Art Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization, announced the second year of their character design apprenticeship for underprivileged high school students in New York City. The program aims to equip more than 100 students from CTE schools with essential tools and skills as they progress towards the end goal of creating a fully realized character with a story, personality traits, strengths and weaknesses. From now until the Character Awards Ceremony on June 1, 2022, these young apprentices will receive in-person instruction, as well as career advice and advanced lectures from FunPlus creators and artists around the world. .

The program aims to equip underserved children and young adults with essential tools and skills to access new academic and career opportunities.

This learning aims to equip New York high school students with essential tools and skills; connect them with community, academic success and career opportunities; and inspire them to reach for new possibilities. The FunPlus and CAW apprenticeship officially started on February 8, 2022.

“Thanks to the corporate support of FunPlus, Creative Art Works is able to offer an exceptional workforce development program to high school students in New York City.” said Brian Ricklin, CAW General Manager and CEO. “From our experience over the past year, we know the positive impact this type of program has on the lives of young people, and we are excited to see what this year’s cohort will accomplish.”

“We are so honored to be a part of the incredible work that Creative Art Works is doing in New York,” said Wei Wang, Creative Director of FunPlus, who participated as a guest speaker and judge in the 2021 edition of the program. . “Last year, everyone involved showed impressive talent and tenacity, and I can’t wait to see how this new group of students will apply all their learnings in their new projects this spring. It’s so inspiring to watch these young apprentices unleash their creative potential and who knows, maybe even discover a call for a career in game design in the future! »

This spring, the FunPlus and Creative Art Works Character Design program will serve more than 100 young apprentices from five New York City Career and Technical High Schools (CTEs). The goal of this project is for each young apprentice to create a fully realized character with a story, personality traits, strengths and weaknesses. CAW teaching artists will provide two hours of in-person instruction over the course of fourteen weeks. Additionally, FunPlus artists and creatives from around the world will provide reviews of youth work, career advice, and advanced lectures on topics such as body shape, body build and anatomy, storyboarding, costume/prop design, color scripts, environment and background design. and more. The program will conclude with an awards ceremony on June 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Christopher S. Washington