To nurture, educate, and celebrate the storytellers of tomorrow
The Pegasus Media Project (PMP) was created through the Pegasus Film Society (PFS) which was founded in 2012 by teacher-filmmaker Niloo Jalilvand of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
With the help of passionate student leaders, an annual Pegasus Film Festival and Summer Film + Media Institute were born, and grew to include and support all high school filmmakers across the state of Texas.
PFS was operating under the umbrella of the Video Association of Dallas (VAD), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2020, Jalilvand joined forces with teacher-filmmaker Glenys Quick to elevate their previous collaborative efforts into PMP. In 2021 PMP received their own 501(c)(3) status and was awarded $250,000 cash and in-kind investment from MIT Solve, New Profit, the Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas; seeding PMP as a certified Arts2Work Training Center.
Arts2Work is the first-ever federally-registered National Apprenticeship Program in media arts and creative technologies. Pegasus Media Project programs offer access to subsidized, high-quality personalized education through project-based courses and on-the-job training in digital media, audio/video production and post, cinema studies, emerging media arts, and creative technology. PMP’s partnering employers, KERA, AMS Pictures, Paperlyte Production, are industry leaders who aim to put an end to inequality in the workplace.
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