“What exists in our collected Media Arts subconscious to generate this word? Chosen by Academy students to represent their written work and images, germinate can simply imply growth. Looking closer and from a more holistic perspective, I begin to see other relationships emerge. Fertile grounds, proper care, sufficient light, root systems: metaphors extend, wildly.
Germinate holds a writer’s, filmmaker’s, and artist’s aspirations, providing the proper conditions for their expressions and visions.
Germinate nurtures our ethos."
—Fred Schill, Past Chair of the Media Arts Department at The Chicago Academy for the Arts