“One of the areas where we want our students to get experience in is live broadcasting,” says Keith Oppenheim, Associate Professor, Broadcast Media Production. “The open streets at Art Hop provide a great opportunity to do that.”
Art Hop is a free annual event held in the South End Arts District of Burlington, Vermont, that draws more than 30,000 people to the area. Pine Street is shut down to all traffic and instead replaced with pedestrians exploring everything there is to offer in the Burlington arts scene. They can view the work of more than 600 artists in 100 locations along Pine Street.
“We use our mobile studio equipment and wireless cameras to produce a two-hour live webcast,” explains Oppenheim. “Students get experience as reporters, producers, directors, videographers, and other technical jobs that go with studio production. And, perhaps more than anything, they learn how to work together. In the end, producing a live broadcast is demanding, frustrating, rewarding—and a lot of fun! For me, it’s gratifying to see about 25 of our students in Broadcast Media and other majors come together and pull off a live show.”