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Cartoon network studios and Exceptional minds launch digital mentorship program for people with Autism


Announced Monday, the new program will pair more than 20 Exceptional Minds students with Cartoon Network Studios mentors in various fields such as storyboarding and prop design. The three-month mentorship will give second- and third-year Exceptional Minds students opportunities to be advised by professionals in preparation for future careers in animation and digital arts.


An L.A.-based nonprofit training academy and studio, Exceptional Minds offers programs to train autistic artists in the technical and behavioral skills necessary to work in fields such as animation, post-production and visual effects. Cartoon Network’s Chief Content Officer Robert Sorcher serves as a co-chair for Exceptional Minds’ Industry Council.

This inaugural pilot program is a part of Cartoon Network Studios Academy The program provides opportunities for artists to grow personally and professionally both within the studio and community. Given the difficulty of breaking into the animation field, Cartoon Network Studios and Exceptional Minds’ partnership is designed to help aspiring animators and artists reach their career goals and hone their craft.

Exceptional Minds is a professional training academy and studio for visual effects artists and animators with autism. Based in Los Angeles, they are a non-profit organization that transforms expectations through our mission of employability, self-sufficiency and inclusion.

Their academy provides individuals on the autism spectrum with the technical and behavioral skills required for employment in the entertainment fields of animation and post production visual effects. Exceptional minds studio contracts for paid industry digital arts projects—providing hands-on experience and employment opportunities for our artists.

Their goal is to break the vicious stereotypes resulting in low expectations that burden those in our society with special needs. Our guiding principle is the quest for inclusion and opportunity.

Exceptional Minds already had ties to Cartoon Network. Robert Sorcher, the cable channel’s chief content officer, serves as a co-chair for the group’s Industry Council.

Previous collaborations between the two entities have led to internships and employment opportunities at Cartoon Network, officials said.

Cartoon Network, of course, is the studio behind shows such as “Steven Universe,” “Craig of the Creek,” “We Bare Bears,” “Summer Camp Island” and more.

Exceptional minds runs 3 year graduate programmes for people with autism for visual artists leading to real employment opportunity. Find out more about Exceptional minds here.

Credit Los Angeles Times

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