Tiffany Razzano
TBN Weekly

SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole will introduce the state’s first digital arts recreation studio at a recreation center level in 2016. The studio will include 10 iMac computers and corresponding tablets.

Each computer will be loaded with 35 software programs that range from painting, art, 3D sculpting and sketching to programming, comic creation, film making and video game design.

The program is possible thanks to a donation by Mark Ely, the city’s community development director. Ely purchased the computers, tablets and digital software for the city.

He was inspired following a May 2013 trip to Rio de Janeiro. While watching a news program in Portuguese one evening, he learned that local government there was scavenging for older technology – outdated computers, televisions, video game consoles – to create a community technology center in a nearby favela, which are poorer neighborhoods in Brazil.

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