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Exceptional Minds

Exceptional Minds We are a nonprofit professional training academy and digital arts and animation studio for young adu Vision:

To build a future where the neurodiverse perspectives of artists on the autism spectrum are vital to the advancement of our shared goal for a more empowered and inclusive society.

Introduction:

Exceptional Minds (EM) is a nonprofit academy and studio preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in digital arts and animation. The first and only school of its kind, EM is a dynamic answer to the high unemployment and social isolation characteristic of today’s young adults with ASD as they age out of the public school system. We provide customized instruction in v

Introduction:

Exceptional Minds (EM) is a nonprofit academy and studio preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in digital arts and animation. The first and only school of its kind, EM is a dynamic answer to the high unemployment and social isolation characteristic of today’s young adults with ASD as they age out of the public school system. We provide customized instruction in v

Operating as usual

05/19/2022

One month until Summer Workshops start and we just made enrollment easier! If you've been thinking of joining us now is the time. A few simple steps and you can learn and advance your skills, and hang out with some really cool people this summer. 😎

https://exceptional-minds.org/courseinfo/

05/17/2022

Did you know that Exceptional Minds has a student animation club? Students collaborate on ideas, writing, animation, and production of custom content in addition to their busy studies. The last club won a #marvelsofmedia award! They are kicking off the 2022 club, stay tuned!

An incredible evening! Thank you so much to Saved by a Story Prime Video Creative Arts Agency for honoring amazing talen...
05/13/2022

An incredible evening! Thank you so much to Saved by a Story Prime Video Creative Arts Agency for honoring amazing talent and stories, and for recognizing the work we do. #exceptionalminds #jobs4autism #AsWeSeeIt Sue Ann Pien - 邊思恩 #RayRomano #alberttrutecki

05/10/2022
Thank you for having us DNEG!
05/09/2022
World Autism Month at DNEG - DNEG

Thank you for having us DNEG!

We were honoured to welcome graduates and musicians from Exceptional Minds and Spectrum Labs to our panel discussion for World Autism Month! World Autism Month highlights the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part....

05/04/2022

We've extended a class discount for the month of May, sign up soon and receive $100 off a summer workshop! These are introductory and intermediate summer sessions for ages 14+. Most are virtual so you can join us from anywhere and learn skills in animation and more! Check out our classes offered and sign up for a virtual tour to learn more!

https://exceptional-minds.org/courseinfo/

Thank you to Autism Society San Diego for hosting our animation studio artists and Backyard Camping this weekend. Extend...
05/03/2022

Thank you to Autism Society San Diego for hosting our animation studio artists and Backyard Camping this weekend. Extending our community and support of those on the spectrum and career development was our pleasure! #neurodiversity #animation #backyardcamping #jobs4autis

Don't forget! This is the last week to sign up for Summer Workshops and receive an early registration discount! This is ...
04/26/2022
Exceptional Minds

Don't forget! This is the last week to sign up for Summer Workshops and receive an early registration discount! This is a great way to begin or advance your work in animation, motion graphics, and more.

https://exceptional-minds.org/courseinfo/

Exceptional Minds is a professional training academy and studio for visual effects artists and animators with autism.

Creatively is highlighting this year’s grads throughout the month of April, helping to reach employers and create opport...
04/14/2022

Creatively is highlighting this year’s grads throughout the month of April, helping to reach employers and create opportunities for our students. Check out Creatively's Instagram and see our student's work here:
https://creatively.life/discover/featured

04/08/2022

On this very hot Friday in Los Angeles, we bring you this #FridayFeeling! This is by 3rd year student, Leona Tates.

For #AutismAcceptanceMonth Creatively is highlighting the EM Class of 2022. This June, our grads will be looking to begi...
04/06/2022
Creatively

For #AutismAcceptanceMonth Creatively is highlighting the EM Class of 2022. This June, our grads will be looking to begin their careers and this platform allows them to display their work and connect with employers.

If you are looking to hire amazing talent in the digital arts, please check out their pages. Thank you to Creatively for the support and exposure you are providing to our students.

Check it out!

https://creatively.life/discover/featured

Champions and connects the world’s most valued creative community through best-in-class portfolios, collaboration features, and opportunities around t ...

For #AutismAcceptanceMonth, IMDb is highlighting the top movies that represent stories or artists with autism chosen by ...
04/05/2022

For #AutismAcceptanceMonth, IMDb is highlighting the top movies that represent stories or artists with autism chosen by our students and artists! This feature will appear on movie pages throughout April and we are all excited. What movies would you choose?

Let's spread the word. #Autismacceptanceday #autismawarenessday #neurodiversity
04/02/2022

Let's spread the word.
#Autismacceptanceday #autismawarenessday #neurodiversity

Exceptional Minds is wishing everyone a joyous and successful Autism Acceptance Month! Please check out our events, part...
04/01/2022

Exceptional Minds is wishing everyone a joyous and successful Autism Acceptance Month! Please check out our events, partnerships, and more aimed at sharing the stories and voices of Exceptional Minds' students and artists.

Please check back throughout the month for links, information and pictures!

Have you registered for a Summer Workshop yet? Two-weeks of learning something new or honing your skills. Sign-up today!...
03/29/2022
Exceptional Minds

Have you registered for a Summer Workshop yet? Two-weeks of learning something new or honing your skills. Sign-up today!

https://exceptional-minds.org/courseinfo/

Exceptional Minds is a professional training academy and studio for visual effects artists and animators with autism.

Thank you to Bea Mienik, student and advocate at NYU for this amazing piece on EM! https://www.broadwayworld.com/article...
03/25/2022
BWW Blog: 10 Years of Exceptional Minds

Thank you to Bea Mienik, student and advocate at NYU for this amazing piece on EM!

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-Blog-10-Years-of-Exceptional-Minds-20220324

2022 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Academy’s founding. Exceptional Minds hopes to double their enrollment in the next five years. They need help from me, you—all of us—to continue providing evermore rewarding, creative and good paying job opportunities for young adults with autism.

Tomorrow! A few of our staff and students will be joining our partner Autodesk on their community stream. 8:00 am for th...
03/22/2022

Tomorrow! A few of our staff and students will be joining our partner Autodesk on their community stream. 8:00 am for those on the west coast. Please watch and share!

Mark your calendars👀 Join us for the Autodesk Media & Entertainment Community Stream! First, learn more about diversity in character design in games, then hear from our friends at the Exceptional Minds program!

The stream will premiere on March 23rd at 11 am EST on the Autodesk, 3ds Max, and Maya Youtube channels.📺
https://autode.sk/3InS8Bs

EM is so incredibly proud of our students and studio artists! Mythlogic, made by our student Animation Club and Backyard...
03/21/2022
Exceptional Minds Among Marvels of Media Award Winners

EM is so incredibly proud of our students and studio artists! Mythlogic, made by our student Animation Club and Backyard Camping, our studio collaboration with Sesame Workshop have won awards from the Museum of The Moving Image! The works will be on display for the month of April, if you are in NY please check it out.

Here's more on our work and the awards:
https://variety.com/2022/artisans/news/exceptional-minds-marvels-media-awards-1235208270/

Exceptional Minds, a not-for-profit professional training academy and studio designed to prepare individuals on the autism spectrum for careers in the digital art is among the inaugural winners of …

Enrollment for our Summer Workshops is now open! Please visit https://exceptional-minds.org/courseinfo/ to see a list of...
03/16/2022
Exceptional Minds

Enrollment for our Summer Workshops is now open!

Please visit https://exceptional-minds.org/courseinfo/ to see a list of courses and how to enroll.

Classes start June 20th.

Exceptional Minds is a professional training academy and studio for visual effects artists and animators with autism.

03/15/2022

Have you been considering taking a class at Exceptional Minds? Now is the time, our very popular summer sessions are about to be announced and enrollment begins tomorrow!

These two-week sessions begin June 20th and most are virtual. Many of our full-time students try their skills in our part-time classes first. Animation, Gaming, D&D, give it a try!

Last summer filled-up, check back tomorrow or on our site to see the full class list and how to enroll.

These 4 incredible women graduate from Exceptional Minds this year. They are certain to change perceptions and better th...
03/09/2022

These 4 incredible women graduate from Exceptional Minds this year. They are certain to change perceptions and better the companies they go on to work for. This #internationalwomensday, EM celebrates all of the women that are a part of our organization, and we suggest you keep an eye on these game-changers.

03/05/2022

Registration opens March 16th! This summer, Exceptional Minds is offering both in-person and virtual Summer Workshops!

Workshops are taught in our Sherman Oaks, CA classrooms and Zoom by our professional instructors and include:
Character animation
Motion graphics
3D modeling
Video game creation and more

Each session runs for two weeks between June 20th and August 19th.

Links and more information to come.

03/04/2022

Happy Friday from Exceptional Minds. This #fridayfeeling brought to you by Becca David who will be graduating this June. Enjoy!

#exceptionalminds #jobs4autism #animation #kinetictypography

We're starting off this week with some great news! 2021 graduate and recent Marketing Intern Sarah Barnes has accepted a...
02/28/2022

We're starting off this week with some great news! 2021 graduate and recent Marketing Intern Sarah Barnes has accepted a role at Picture Production Company doing motion graphics on international trailers. She'll be working on trailers for Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, and more. We know she'll be a great team member, congrats to Sarah and The PPC.

It's #nationalloveyourpetday and that's quite a theme at Exceptional Minds! Enjoy a few of our family members.#exception...
02/20/2022

It's #nationalloveyourpetday and that's quite a theme at Exceptional Minds! Enjoy a few of our family members.

#exceptionalminds

We have some exciting news from one of our grads! Veronica Dolcich has accepted a position at Diamond Game as a Characte...
02/18/2022

We have some exciting news from one of our grads! Veronica Dolcich has accepted a position at Diamond Game as a Character Animator. Please join us in congratulating Veronica and wishing her all of the success she deserves!

Our studio is expanding! If you haven't heard, we're going to double the amount of students we train. This means more ta...
02/10/2022
Exceptional Minds Hires Scotty Peterson and Meridith Stokes to Lead In-House VFX Studio

Our studio is expanding! If you haven't heard, we're going to double the amount of students we train. This means more talented graduates in our studios who do work on top projects in entertainment.

https://variety.com/2022/artisans/news/exceptional-minds-hires-scotty-peterson-meridith-stokes-1235176664

Exceptional Minds, a not-for-profit professional training academy and studio designed to prepare individuals on the autism spectrum for careers in the digital arts, has made two strategic hires, Sc…

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In light of Random Act of Kindness Day (February 17), on behalf of #Classe365(www.classe365.com), we donated to Exceptional Minds, one of our admired customers on the service they provide. Exceptional Minds are a nonprofit academy and post-production studio for people with autism. Exceptional Minds We have also been contributing to Lotus Petal Charitable Foundation (https://lnkd.in/gfpbprF2), another customer close to our heart. Lotus Petal Foundation On this occasion, I would also like to quickly recall a quote that I came across recently: “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” #randomactsofkindness #randomactofkindness
Congratulations Exceptional Minds team on your Oscar Nomination! 🎉🎉🎉 #autism
Would you visit our school? It's P017X in The Bronx, NY
Congratulations Exceptional Minds on your new home for the new year. #MPWRpossible
Great article by Autodesk about how Exceptional Minds is creating a talent pool of artists with autism for Hollywood studios. #MPWRpossible #SDG4 #SDG8 #SDG10 #talent
Attending #CES2022? Join MEAF's director, Kevin Webb, for a live presentation on the Future of Work: Connecting Talent to Opportunity through Assistive Technology, Access and Inclusion. Visit the Mitsubishi Electric booth in LVCC, West Hall, 4425 on January 6 or January 7 from 11:00-11:15 am, to hear how MEAF is helping to empower youth with disabilities by supporting organizations like: Aspiritech, Blue Star Recyclers, E-Stewards - Electronics Recycling Exceptional Minds, Growing Together Aquaponics, Motion Light Lab, National Industries for the Blind, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation, Project SEARCH/Project LIFE - Butler Tech, Project SEARCH Perkins School for the Blind and Uniquely Abled Project. #MPWRpossible #SDG8 #SDG10 #TechTalent #DisabilityEmployment #Talent #Opportunity #Access #Inclusion #DEI
Why is diversity in the workplace so important? Aline Lima, VFX Pipeline Technical Director and Executive Producer, Joyce Boll from Break+Enter along with David Siegel and Tim Dailey from Exceptional Minds discuss how hiring managers and producers can build a more diverse ecosystem by learning how to better use everyone’s strengths. Watch the full episode here: https://zcu.io/cu9t #executiveproducer #vfx #diversityandinclusion
Sesame Workshop has expanded its Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative with new resources featuring Julia, a 4-year-old Sesame Street Muppet with autism. Through its continued partnership with Exceptional Minds, the Burbank-based academy and studio specializing in preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation and beyond, Sesame Workshop is launching a new animated video featuring Julia as she learns how to handle her fear of the dark by drawing what she’s afraid of — helping her brother along the way. This video was written, produced, and animated by Exceptional Minds’ team of artists on the autism spectrum. Accompanying the animations are new printables and coloring and activity sheets, including Good Night routine cards to help children develop a healthy bedtime routine. https://variety.com/2021/artisans/news/sesame-workshop-exceptional-minds-1235086304/?fbclid=IwAR3qdGXAQYmagw72h6WNhvS0hV0TbgMPW4YEVyqlGZgWUL9j2uWQVl5iL8c #AutismSocietyInlandEmpire #AutismSocietyIE #InlandEmpire #Autism #Autismo #SesameStreet #Abby #ExceptionalMinds Sesame Street Exceptional Minds
Join us for a conversation with representatives from Sesame Workshop and the artists from Exceptional Minds as they discuss their process in creating a short animated film for our latest autism resources featuring Julia and her family. #SeeAmazing
Today's guests on an all-new episode of the CG Garage Podcast are David Siegal & David Wolgemuth from Exceptional Minds. Watch the conversation below or click link in description to listen.
On today's all-new episode — Non-profit training academy Exceptional Minds trains individuals on the autism spectrum to become #VFX and animation professionals. It also runs its own studio, which has put graduates to work on Black Widow, Loki, and Sesame Street. Exceptional Minds’ Executive Director David Siegel and VFX Studio Supervisor David Wolgemuth discuss running the company and helping students make the most of their skillsets. Watch the conversation below, or visit https://bit.ly/2YoxEI0 to listen. Links: Exceptional Minds’ website: https://exceptional-minds.org/
Is Exceptional Minds have facilities in other parts of the nation? We live in Louisville Kentucky.