FAN EXPO is looking for student groups and community partners

from Denver pop culture class opened applications for local student groups to apply to the Experience the Comics program, and for community partners to join the Kids’ Lab and All-Age Stage at FAN EXPO 2022to be held at the Colorado Convention Center the weekend of July 1-3.

Experience the Comics, now in its eighth year and having welcomed more than 2,000 attendees, will invite up to 500 students to FAN EXPO Denver for a completely free Friday, July 1 of pop culture-centric learning and entertainment. “Discovering comics is a manifestation of PCC’s mission,” says Matt Slayter, PCC’s Education Program Manager, “[to] inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression. It’s an opportunity for students – especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a fan convention – to find like-minded people and dive deeper into their passions.

Slayter says that students who participate in Experience the Comics will start their day with “a few scheduled activities, including a brief welcome session and a handful of specially curated panels to activate creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, social skills/ emotional experiences and career aspirations.” But they’ll also have plenty of free time, he promises, to enjoy all the other things FAN EXPO Denver has to offer.

Check out the Comics apps at the end of May 1, and registration will be limited to a maximum of 500 attendees. Accompanying persons can request a place for their groups of pupils on the CCP website.
The deadline for community partner applications ends a little earlier, April 17, but opportunities for local organizations are just as important to PCC. “We’re looking for local organizations that can bring their unique activities with an added pop culture twist,” says Slayter. “In previous years, we introduced everyone from Talk to the camerawhich organizes film camps for children, Play-Well TEKnologieswho teach engineering using LEGO, to Nature and Science Museum. We want any organization that can activate the curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity, and critical thinking skills of children and families through interactive pop culture-themed entertainment.

Some of the alumni of the Kids’ Lab and the All Ages Stage also include big names in entertainment. In 2021, children and families got to meet the actors behind the voices of Pinky and the Brain (Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen), Pocahantas (Irene Bedard) and Belle (Paige O’Hara). Actors Alan Tudyk and Matt Mercer read children’s books, actress Tara Strong did a lively Q&A session with the audience, and PCC hosted a session called “Make Patrick Warburton Laugh,” where children told Mr. Warburton their best jokes. It’s fun and it’s also a learning opportunity, which is what PCC is all about.

Interested organizations can apply to present educational programming on the All-Age Stage or exhibit in the Children’s Lab at the CCP website.

“Part of what makes pop culture so special is the connections it allows us to make with other people, including the young people in our lives,” Slayter says. “And those connections can spark new passions and unprecedented joy. Children need space to feel that someone speaks to them and can relate to the experience of being a child, and that is what we hope to provide. In doing so, we are creating a future generation that loves to learn and feels empowered to tell their story. »

Pop Culture Classroom is an education and community nonprofit that strives to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity, and build community through the tools of culture popular. Learn more about his website.

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