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Learn digital arts skills with Powrplnt

Powrplnt is offering free digital arts training at

Powrplnt is offering free digital arts training at Red Bull Studios New York. Photo Credit: Red Bull Content Pool / Greg Mio

Calling all creatives: A new education initiative is working to empower artists with the tools of the modern digital age.

Last year, Angelina Dreem launched Powrplnt as a way to introduce high school students, as well as adults, to creative software like Photoshop and Ableton Live so they can make their own music, videos and even gifs.

"I taught myself all the digital art stuff that I know," said Dreem, 29, a digital artist who lives in Chinatown. "I was inspired to create something that would provide access to that learning."

The program kicked off last summer at Bushwick's Steam Gallery, with two months of free programming. Next up, you can find Powrplnt in Chelsea at "Alone Together," a site-specific exhibition by New York artist Ryder Ripps at Red Bull Studios New York.

Throughout its six-week run, the exhibition will feature a temporary classroom that will host free workshops on Saturdays in Web design, Illustrator, Ableton Live and 3-D printing, a free computer lab on Sundays and, through a partnership with the alternative high school City As School, teach students courses in digital art production two days a week.

"I just want to empower people and have them making things and sharing them," Dreem said. "I see my work as social practice, to create the space for people to use technology to have creative dialogue."

Beyond gallery pop-ups, Dreem ultimately wants Powrplnt to have a permanent space in New York City to bring together a like-minded community and provide access to free digital arts skills -- which, in this quickly evolving Internet age, are becoming increasingly invaluable.

"An artist today needs to know more than how to hold a paintbrush," Dreem said. "If you don't have the tools to translate your idea into reality, you just get stuck."

If you go: “Alone Together” runs now through April 12 at Red Bull Studios New York, 220 W. 18th St. Public viewing hours are Thursday-Sunday, noon-7 p.m. For more information, visit



Here’s a look at some of what’s on tap during Powrplnt’s FREE programming in conjunction with “Alone Together.” Those interested in taking a class can email with the class and date they want to take, along with a few words about why they want to take it. For more information and updates, visit


Sampling as Art Form with Adriano Clemente: This workshop will discuss the origins and evolution of sampling and its impact on the history of electronic music, as well as go over the Ableton Sampler. 2-5 p.m., followed by group round robin midi jam from 5-7 p.m.


CSS/HTML: Learn web design with Ryder Ripps. 1-3 p.m.

All Girls Ableton with FIN: Bring an idea or a song that you have and develop it in this two-course class for female identified persons only. 3-6 p.m.


Intro to Illustrator with Donnie Avalon: Learn the basics of vector work using the pen tool and more. 2-5 p.m.


CSS/HTML: Learn web design with Ryder Ripps. 1-3 p.m.

Making Meaning with Heidi Lee: Lee will demonstrate the potential of next-level fashion design using 3D printing. 3-6 p.m.


Video Editing with Valerie Veatch: Learn the best way to organize and edit video using Premiere. 4-7 p.m.

CSS/HTML: Learn web design with Ryder Ripps. 1-3 p.m.


Intro to After Effects with Tommi: Learn how to animate images, edit text and create dynamic video environments in After Effects. 2-5 p.m.

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