Ragtag and Education

Ragtag Film Society / Columbia Public Schools Media Literacy Initiative

As we catapult into a world of ever-changing media, distribution platforms, and news outlets, we owe it to our students to equip them with the skills to be thoughtful, critical consumers. They deserve the tools to think consciously about the ways their world is presented to them. We believe video — and by extension film — in its ubiquity, is a medium that lends itself to learning to think critically. By practicing analysis of imagistic media forms, we deepen our understanding of each other and the world at large.

The goals of this initiative are to:

  • increase the presence of film in core classrooms,
  • help teachers and students learn to read film as text, and
  • cultivate and enhance critical thinking skills as teachers and students practice analyzing new media.

To learn more about this program, please contact Allison Coffelt, Education Outreach Director ([email protected]). This initiative is funded by a grant from Columbia Public Schools Foundation.

Educational Group Tickets

Because encouraging education through film and other media arts is an important facet of our mission, we welcome opportunities to work with educators who would like to bring their students to our cinema.

We offer educators the opportunity to purchase tickets to one of our public screenings for their students at bulk ticket rates of $7.50 per ticket for groups of 12–23 and $5.50 per ticket for groups of 24–30. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Partners in Education

For ten years, Ragtag Film Society has partnered with Locust Street Expressive Arts Elementary School in support of their mission to promote learning through the arts. Students, teachers, and parents work together as a diverse community to support high expectations and achievement for all students.

Throughout the academic year, Ragtag Cinema works with Locust Street teachers, students and parents to integrate the art of film into their curriculum and provide field trips to every class every year. Under the director of Dr. Ann Mehr, the Locust Street students provide an annual visual arts installation during our True/False Film Fest, and grace our walls with an exhibit of their work at the end of each academic year.