COVID-19 UPDATE: Please check with individual organizations and venues for specific requirements regarding health precautions.


There are no recent bookmarks.

John Schaefer

John Schaefer, director/founder of the Children’s Media Workshop (, is an artist, educator, community builder who uses innovative media experiences to created macro educational systems. His expertise in designing large-scale initiatives is informed by his grass roots authenticity. One day he is working on major systems (500,000 teachers +), the next he is in an inner city classroom giving cameras to kids while looking for a damn marker that has ink. He is a translator of concepts and experiences.

> His photographs are being curated into the Library of Congress Master Photographers Collection

> Designer of the Polaroid Education Program, the largest in-service teacher initiative in US History

> Over 550,000 teachers in hands-on workshops (1988 – 92), resulting in two White House invitations

> Keynote speeches for among others the National PTA, National Art Educators Association, and International Schools In Africa and Europe.

> Conducted the first real-time interactive video workshop with President George Bush Sr. and actress Jody Foster for 35,000 educators

> Designed one of the first online courses, The Media Savvy Classroom, in conjunction with Columbia Teachers College

> Nissan Hometown Hero Award winner on primetime network television, for community activism

> Original member of the Sundance Institute and Film Festival

> Co-curator of the Temporary Museum of Permanent Change (, an innovative downtown invigoration project

> Di

View more

Contact information





Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>