Filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer brings over twenty years teaching experience to his youth video workshops. He has partnered with arts councils, after school programs, juvenile justice programs, museums and non-profits. Workshops can be designed to have video projects support  curricular and educational goals of partner organizations, schools and teachers.

Producing video projects teaches students important media literacy skills and a perspective on how media are created and consumed. Video production workshops empower youth to explore and better understand their world; and it gives them opportunities  to voice their concerns, hopes and dreams. Video production work also taps into the strengths of visual learners and offers hands-on, creative learning experiences.

Past workshops have explored issues of  civic engagement and participation, introduced core concepts of media literacy, integrated video production with poetry writing and language arts, and deepened understanding in history and social studies.


Youth Video and Documentary Projects

Artist Residency at Davenport School, Lenoir, NC – Winter/Spring 2012

Kenny worked with students at Davenport A+ Elementary School in Lenoir, NC on a video project, “Respect and Responsibility”. Students recorded interdisciplinary projects and art activities in the 4th grade classes and interviewed teachers and community leaders. The video premiered at the April 2012 PTA mtg with over 200 in attendance. Thanks to the NC Arts Council for supporting the project and to everyone in the Davenport community who helped make this happen.

Art of Collaboration Video Project – Winter/Spring 2011

This is a project of the North Carolina Museum of Art and middle school teachers across North Carolina. The project invites teachers to make use of the diverse collection of art works at the museum and to integrate arts education into different disciplinary areas.  I am working at three middle schools with three student videographer teams to capture this work and the importance of integrating arts education into standard course of study.

Gravelly Hills Middle School Workshops – Spring 2011

Spring workshops sponsored by Orange Country Communities in Schools Afterschool Arts Program.

Video Workshops at the Boys and Girls Club, Rocky Mount, NC – 2000-2001

A year long artist residency supported with a grant from the NC Arts Council. We produced several projects, including a promotional video about one of the teen programs at the club,  Haiku video poems, short videos of club activities.

Cary Youth Video Project – Summers of 2001, 2004, 2005

Month long, intensive  production workshop where teens researched and produced documentaries. The workshops were supported by the Page-Walker Arts and History Center and the Town of Cary.

“Cary-osity”, Cary Youth Heritage Documentary Film Project – Winter/Spring 2002

A documentary project at Davis Drive Middle School in which 8th graders wrote and produced a historical documentary about the town of Cary. The video has been used in social studies classes throughout Wake County.  This project was supported with funds from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel, the Town of Cary, and the Page-Walker Arts and History Center.

Video Workshops at A New Day – 2000-2005

Workshops at A New Day –  Juvenile Day Reporting Center that supported court-involved youth and their families.  Students learned basic camera and interview techniques and created variety of projects.  Beginning in 2001, students collaborated in the production of Choices and Change a documentary film about the juvenile justice program and student’s life experiences.  The workshops were supported by the NC Governor’s Crime Commission, the Durham Public Schools, Durham County, and the Durham Friends Meeting. The documentary project was funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and the North Carolina Health and Humor Association.



During each of his residencies at our school, Kenny has brought with him an impeccable zeal, warmth, and supportive approach in teaching our sometimes challenging students.
Our school has benefited immensely from Kenny’s work. Our trademark videos on “Community” and “The Life and Times at Bacon Street” continue to be used to show volunteers, new students, and staff what our school is all about.
– Janet Cherry, Program Manager, Bacon Street School

Kenny’s work as a Durham Arts Council CAPS artists continues to inspire students and gives them the opportunity to learn and have an actual hands-on experience in videography. The results are always amazing! I have had the pleasure of witnessing Kenny’s exceptional approach to teaching students through the art of filmmaking.
– Shana Adams, CAPS Manager, Durham Arts Council

Kenny taps into our students interests and their courage to create, all within a fun and productive atmosphere of cooperation. Many of our middle school students have had negative experiences at school and lost their trust and interest in learning. All are under the supervision of the court. Kenny is a gifted videographers and teacher, and truly, he is a gift to the students in our program.
– Amy Elliot, Ph.D., Coordinator, ‘A New Day’ Juvenile Day Reporting Center

The end result of our collaboration is a very effective video prouction that is being used by the Wake County Public Schools and the Page-Walker Arts and History Center.
– Cynthia Baker, Middle School Teacher and c0-producer of “Cary-o-sity”