What We Do
For 50 years, we have been creating an array of multimedia, multicultural projects with people of all ages for audiences of all ages all over the world.
Our activities are divided into three parts: video production, art projects, and teaching artist residencies.
What You Will Support
Your donations will support our work making loving media.
The World's Worst Documentary Filmmaker
We’re making a short video portrait of Patrick D. Hazard (1927-2015). He was the founding father of The Center for International Education (THE CIE) and my father.
We have about 20 hours of recordings with lively scenes in Weimar, where he sang lullabies he heard his mother sing, jollied his wife Hilly, and showed us the beauties of the Bauhaus; in Philly, hanging out in his beloved house designed by Louis Kahn; in Berlin, where he haphazardly filmed neon nightlife; in Saint Paul, where we looked at my late mentor Jerry Rudquist’s paintings in a retrospective at Macalester and breakfasted at Mickey’s Diner where he accused me of being his pappaRATzi; clips from the only documentary he finished, Moses' Land of Promises, his essay film about Robert Moses and the New York World's Fair; home movies he shot 70 years ago; and more.
Wrapped inside, a film within the film, will be a scene in Louis Sullivan's bank in Owatonna where I filmed him enthusing about our hero.
He called himself the world's worst documentary filmmaker. I liked to tease him that he was a contender. The video will touch on his teaching, writing, filmmaking, and global visions. It will be a video poem. It’s coming soon.
One scene within the video will compose an essay on the architect Louis Sullivan. Patrick shows us around the architect’s jewel box in Owatonna, addressing themes of organic design, how form follows function, and the architect’s challenge to America to cultivate a homegrown art. It was Patrick who turned his son on to the idea of Louis Sullivan. Photo by Mike Hazard
We teach people of all ages how to express themselves by making videos and photographs which we then share with public media. Photo by Mike Hazard
Since 1972, we have been creating a diverse range of cultural work from live performances in theaters and parks to art exhibitions in museums, libraries, and other public spaces to television broadcasts and social media streams.
Notably, The Center has produced seven documentaries directed by Mike Hazard that have been nationally telecast on PBS. In addition, we have made over 200 videos that play worldwide on various social media platforms. The example here is Cold Mountain, a lively portrait of the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet Han Shan. It features Gary Snyder, Burton Watson, Jim Lenfestey, and Red Pine speaking to the character of the poet monk.
The Center is a micro-nonprofit with an artist-in-residence, Mike Hazard, guided by an engaged board of directors. We contract with many talented individuals and collaborate with many organizations to create new work.
We invite you join us by supporting our new work making loving media.
Another major project in progress is organizing our archive to prepare donating it to a public library. We have always regarded the media which we have made with public funding to be a public work. This collection will be free for all to use and/or repurpose in perpetuity.
Donate if you can, please. Ua tsaug. Danke. Gracias. Mahadsanid. Pidamaya. Miigwech. Arigato. Tak. Merci. Thank you.