Director’s Message

Here at Fresh Takes, we’ve created an environment that promotes getting your creative on, no matter your age. We have the programs, equipment and experienced instructors to challenge your creativity, and, if you’re so inclined, start you on a career path in the digital arts discipline of your choice.  Learn with us. It’s fun, informative and as rewarding as you want to make it.

History

In September of 2010 the Rotary Club of Redwood City and the Sheriff’s Activities League sponsored a fundraiser for the creation of a youth digital arts center in Redwood City.  The event, “Night of Stars,” raised over $65-thousand dollars. Five months later, Fresh Takes, Inc was founded as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit by current executive director Pete Liebengood. In March of 2011, Fresh Takes, Inc. signed a 5-year lease for a 1700 square foot studio space in the Fox Theatre building at 2221 Broadway Street in Redwood City. Pete’s fellow Rotarian, Steve Webb, of Webb Builders contributed to the restoration of the facility, which hadn’t been used in over a decade.

In July of 2011, Chamber of Commerce ambassadors held a ribbon cutting ceremony that signaled the official opening of Fresh Takes. Two summer camps were held that same month. The Fresh Takes facility features a state-of-the-art computer lab, green-screen station and a high-end recording studio.

In a short time, Fresh Takes has established partnerships with a number of great sponsors – Wells Fargo, San Mateo Credit Union, Cargill, AT&T, Rotary, Redwood General Tire, Personal Capital, The Danford Foundation, and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League. As a result, Fresh Takes is dedicated to being a community resource by contributing productions to other non-profits, government and educational entities. In 2011, Fresh Takes kids produced: two anti-bullying PSA’s for the Young Dreamer Network, a marketing video for the Sheriff’s Activities League, an anniversary video for Redwood City Parks and Rec, an online commercial for Alpio Barbara’s Poker Run, and TV commercials for the Rotary Club’s Farmers Market and the Fox Theatre.