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All program participants must have a completed general, medical, and transportation release on file in order to participate in programs.

Release forms are available for download in PDF, WORD, or WORD (Compatible Version) formats.

For a full list of our upcoming programs, visit our workshops and intensives page!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m interested in registering for a workshop or intensive. How do I go about doing that?
    • You may complete registration by:
      • Using the online registration form (located above), and submitting your non-refundable deposit via paypal. FREE Programs do NOT need a deposit.
      • Calling us at 845.485.4480, and sending a non-refundable deposit via direct mail to: Spark HQ
        42 Catharine St, Suite C-200
        Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
      • Please Note: Your child’s spot is not guaranteed until a non-refundable deposit is received, FREE Programs do NOT need a deposit.
  • Do I need to register my child for a workshop or intensive before a certain date? Is my child guaranteed a spot?
    • You may register your child for any of our programs up until the start date of the program. However, since spaces in our programs are limited, we encourage you to register early.
    • Your child is guaranteed a spot once your non-refundable deposit is received. Deposit’s may be sent using the PayPal button above, or by sending a check or Money Order to Spark HQ. FREE Programs do NOT need a deposit.
  • What if I need to cancel my registration?
    • You may cancel your registration at any time before the start of program by calling us at 845.485.4480. If you do not cancel your registration before the start date of the program, you may be charged for the cost of tuition. All deposits are non-refundable. Contact us with any additional questions.
  • Do you offer any discounts or financial aid?
    • We offer a 10% discount if you are registering siblings together. Siblings do not need to be registered in the same program, but must be registered at the same time to qualify for a discount.
    • We offer financial aid scholarships on an as-needed basis. Contact us after registration for a scholarship application.
  • Does my child need any previous film-making experience to take part in your workshops or intensives?
    • Our programs are designed so that every child is welcome and no previous experience is needed, unless otherwise noted.
  • Which age groups are your programs geared towards? What if my child borders the age group for two or more programs?
    • While each intensive and workshop is geared towards a specific age range, these are typically more associated with skills sets. To check your programs specific age group, check our workshops and intensives listings page.
    • If your child borders the age range, or if you feel that your child would benefit from being with a different age group, we welcome you to inquire about placing them with an older (or younger) group. These will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
  • Where do I find time and date information for workshops and intensives? Do you offer pre-care or after-care?
    • Each workshop and intensive has its own start-end date and time. Check our workshops listings page for specific times and dates.
    • Spark does not provide pre or after care, unless otherwise specified.
  • Where are your workshops and intensives located? Do you offer transportation or coordinate carpools?
    • While some of our workshops and intensives take place at Spark HQ, the majority of our programs take place off-site. This enables us to bring our quality programming to your neighborhood. Check workshops and intensives listings for each program’s specific location.
    • We do not offer transportation or coordinate car pools. We encourage you to coordinate carpools with other parents – Feel free to use your program’s Facebook event wall to do so!
  • Are there any additional supplies my child needs to bring to the program?
    • We provide all technical equipment for programs (cameras, computers, etc). However, we encourage you to send a notebook and pen with your child so they may take notes as they wish.
    • As our workshops and intensives frequently go outside for a portion of the day, we encourage you to send sunscreen, bug spray, and emergency allergy medication (EPI-PEN, as needed), with instructions.
    • All release forms are required on or before the first day of class in order for us to allow your child to participate.
    • Final tuition payment must be settled on or before the first day of class.
    • Bag lunch or lunch money
    • No additional supplies necessary, just a smile and an enthusiastic attitude!
  • I’m uncomfortable signing these release forms. Why do I need to sign them?
    • What am I signing, exactly?
      • Signing the Medical Release form gives our teacher the right to seek Medical Attention in the case of an emergency, and will help us notify Medical Professional of any pre-existing conditions, allergies, and medications.
      • The Transportation Release forms indicate how you child will be picked up from class. We are only able to send your child home with individuals listed on this form.
      • The General Release allows Spark Media Project the right to film your child in our program. This also allows us to distribute any media products your child created within our programs, or that are featuring your child in our Community Screenings, Promotions, and Grant/Funding Outreach. This release is open-ended, and includes all  visual and audio media your child creates in our programs.
    • How do I view what my child worked on in your program? Am I still able to show/exhibit my child’s media products after signing this form?
      • We have four Community Screenings per year, where we display the awesome work your child has done with member of the Community. This event is open to the public, and we encourage parents, friends, and families to attend.
      • We also send a link to parents after the projects are complete which will enable to view and download the project. You may share the downloaded file with anyone you wish.
      • You may submit the project to exhibits, contests, festivals, etc. We ask that you allow us the opportunity to celebrate your child’s work by informing us when any projects are entered to exhibits.
      • What the form does mean is this:– You may not sell proprietary rights to anyone (including Hollywood) without our consent. – You may not sell copies of the project to the public without our consent.– In any instance that the project is re-distributed in any way, all Spark Logos & Tags must remain in tact.
    • How do you use the products created in your programs?
      • Community Screenings and Exhibitions – We have four Community Screenings per year, where we display the awesome work your child has done with member of the Community. This event is open to the public, and we encourage parents, friends, and families to attend. Additionally, we celebrate student work by submitting to numerous exhibits, festivals, and contests throughout the year. Whenever a student project wins an award, we do our best to inform that student and their family so that we may celebrate with them. For a list of awards we’ve won, visit our Recognition page. This is also why we require that you inform us of any contests, exhibits, or festivals that you plan on submitting to, because projects are often disqualified if they are submitted multiple times by different parties.
      • Grant/Funding Searches – Quite often, we are asked to include visual and audio examples of media created within our programs when applying for grants, or attempting to facilitate a school contract. This form allows us to use it for that purpose.
      • Promotions – Frequently, we celebrate the work produced in our programs on any number of our social media pages. Additionally, your child visual or audio media may be used in advertisements and  other promotions on behalf of the organization. For example, all of the images on our website (sparkmediaproject.org) are pictures we’ve taken in program.
    • So will you be making money from my child’s media product?
      • While we apply for grants using student media as an example of the work we do, we do not use the media created for proprietary purposes (the media is available free of charge, and we do not sell copies to the public).
  • Do you provide Lunch to students?
    • We do not provide lunch, unless noted otherwise in your intensive or workshop’s listing. We suggest sending a bag lunch, or lunch money with your student.
    • In the event that lunch or food is provided for a specific program, please notify us of any and all food allergies at the time of registration.
  • Do you have a dress code?
    • We ask that you do not allow your child to wear clothing deemed inappropriate (clothing with offensive images or statements, revealing clothing at parent discretion)
    • Students are frequently involved in activities that require a great deal of physical movement, so they should be dressed comfortably, and for the time of year that their program takes place.
  • Will you be offering any additional intensives or workshops?
    • Any and all finalized workshops and intensives are listed on or workshops and intensives listings page. If you have an idea for a collaboration, please contact us for a project proposal consultation.
  • How can I become a Teaching Artist?
    • All of our working opportunities (paid, contracted, volunteer, and intern) are located on our Work/Volunteer page.

Did we answer all of your questions?
We hope so, but if not, feel free to contact us by calling 845.485.4480, or e-mailing info@sparkmediaproject.org