GIPHY Arts Partners with The Made in New York Animation Project

We are excited to share GIPHY Arts’ first ever program with The Made in New York Animation Project (TAP) for a 6-week GIF animation bootcamp co-led by a TAP Creative Arts Therapist and Animator. Five young creators were guided through a process of creating a collection of 3–5 original GIFS, from ideation to completion, using the medium of their choice.

GIF by @ABPuns (2022). Made possible with support from GIPHY Arts.

The Made in New York Animation Project (TAP) is a non-profit therapy, education and workforce development program. They prepare untapped creatives for the media and animation industries through direct-service software training, career readiness mentorship, and personal development guidance. With few opportunities immersed with focused training on industry-standard programs and workforce guidance, TAP aims to help bridge the existing equity gap.

Through this project, we are helping to develop young, NYC based creative talent that the animation industry doesn’t yet have access to. GIPHY Arts welcomes these five new artists to the directory: Gabby, Sanjona, AB, Yaritza, and Nina. The bootcamp met twice a week and included a series of virtual panels by GIPHY’s in-house animation experts such as animating with efficiency, career growth in animation, and the process breakdown behind Webby Award Winners’ “Blobs in Space.”

Participants were guided through a process of creating a GIF collection following an individual cohesive theme. The curriculum included lessons around storyboarding, keyframes, project management, critiques and so much more. At the end, each artist presented their work, created a verified artist channel and utilized their channel as an online portfolio.

GIF by @sanjonaarzan (2022). Made possible with support from GIPHY Arts.

From cats wearing top hats to flying rainbow unicorns, engage with their work and check out TAP’s website for more information on the organization. For more information from GIPHY Arts, follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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