Studio Cosplay Inc, a community non-profit promoting the art of Cosplay, is excited to announce they will be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area to create a unique cosplay mentoring program. Cosplay is an art form that involves designing, creating and wearing costumes of one’s favorite superhero, TV or literary character, or self-made character. Cosplay develops such skills as project budgeting, pattern making, sewing, using light power tools, painting, and 3D printing. “Wearing a costume that you made yourself is fun for all ages and is a great way to develop self confidence in one’s appearance and abilities,” says Sabrina Maizland, V.P of Studio Cosplay.
The joint program with Big Brothers Big Sisters National Capital Area will be the first of its kind and allow youths and their Big Brother / Big Sister mentors to create and showcase their own costume in Studio Cosplay’s upcoming Cosmakerspace. Elizabeth Gmaz, Studio Cosplay’s President stated “We are very excited at the opportunity to team with Big Brothers Big Sisters National Capital Area and hope that we can play a role in providing a program that will enrich lives. The opportunity to share our art form with young people is a great joy to us and part of our organization’s mission.”
Studio Cosplay is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to build the space and pay for equipment. Their Cosmakerspace will be a community workshop in the DC area where people interested in costuming and cosplay can have tools, equipment, education, collaboration, and a safe area to work on their creations. Studio Cosplay supporters have already donated over 36 months of memberships to youth in the DC area who might not otherwise have a chance to experience Cosplay. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area is the perfect partner for identifying youth who would best benefit from this donation. Studio Cosplay is matching these donations to allow Big Brother and Big Sister mentors to accompany youth to the space and is including classes and materials as part of the program.
You can still contribute to this project. Studio Cosplay’s Kickstarter campaign is running through Sunday March 15, 2015 at 3:30PM. They are also accepting donations for materials and tools. Studio Cosplay is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. Back them through Kickstarter.com or visit their website www.studiocosplay.org to donate through Paypal.