As a creative incubator to explore art and technology, Studio 300 is launching an Artist in Residence program to support local artists. Work on your music, photography, film, podcast, graphic design, writing, maker projects or other digital media in our state-of-the-art digital media studio and Maker Lab while sharing your journey through library-sponsored events, live demonstrations, social media and hands-on experiences.
Meet Valante Grant, Fall 2020 Artist in Residence
About the Artist
Valante is a storyteller who uses media and literary content to uplift and inspire her audience. She is the founder of The byDesign Network. As Executive Producer and on-air personality for The Sanctuary Academy YouTube channel, Valante produces two YouTube video shows each week that reach over one million viewers. In addition to scheduled weekly videos, Valante shares interactive classroom experiences and live streams to engage her audience.
As an accomplished journalist, she shares exclusive footage and interviews via her Chicago Now column: XYZ and Beyond. Valante’s unique approach to media leverages technology to bring people together.
Her creative process starts with a brainstorming session. Then, she follows up with research to verify facts and details. Valante uses outlines and flow charts to organize her ideas. Once her ideas are prepared, she creates a timeline, leaving room for creative inspiration at every stage. In most cases, the project evolves during the creative process. Lastly, she chooses the media format—video, podcast or blog post—based on content.
About her Residency
September marks the third anniversary of The Sanctuary Academy and the beginning of the fall quarter. Valante will use her residency to officially launch the XYZ and Beyond podcast. This is a platform to explore the relationship between generations X, Y and Z while bridging generational gaps through open communication. Valante will use Studio 300 audio suites, Mac computers and the Rodecaster to produce her podcast.
Studio Hours & Workshops
Virtual Open Studio Hours (Via Zoom)
During these dedicated times, Valante will be available to discuss her productions, share tips and more via Zoom.
Before and After the Program Workshop Learn the key steps leading up to and after video production. Discover the ins and outs of planning, story boarding, content creation, video editing and publishing, and explore platforms and best practices for sharing video.