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Our Team

Our collection of passionate educators, interdisciplinary designers and creative producers work at the convergence of technology, the humanities, and social entrepreneurship.  We develop curriculum that responds to the needs of today’s workplace and produces media for the common good. 

Staff and Instructors

Tyler Lennox Bush

Tyler Lennox Bush

Executive Director / Instructor

Ty is an interdisciplinary designer, screenwriter, performer, and educator. His work lies at the intersection of social practice, technology, anthropology, and entertainment. His professional career spans twenty years as a production designer, graphic designer, communications strategist, camera man, producer, director, actor, carpenter, and service worker. He’s been an instructor at Purdue University, DePaul University, Crown Point Community Schools, IvyTech Community College, and Lighthouse Academies. He holds a BA from Wabash College, an MA in Communications from Purdue, and is currently completing his MFA in Cinema from DePaul University. In 2015 He was awarded the Eugene Debs Award from the United Steelworkers for his work with Rustedblue, and delivered the TED talk about the importance of media literacy in post-industrial communities. As an activist for democratic participation through media he teaches screenwriting, pop culture criticism, public speaking, performance, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, WordPress, & Leadership at Rustedblue as a means to empower students to become the producers of there own narratives while fostering bonds with fellow creative collaborators and the local community. He is the Co-Author of the children’s book and Literacy Series “Gary is a Fish”, and is a guest blogger for Moyers & Company. He is currently completing his second screenplay inspired by his students & The City of Gary.                

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Calvin Standifer

Calvin Standifer

Community Lead / Instructor

Calvin is an experienced Independent Filmmaker with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. He is currently the media production Engineer for the City of Gary, and the gameday Producer for the Southshore Railcats Baseball Club.  He teaches Film Direction, Film Production, Project Management, Adobe Photoshop, and Marketing at Rustedblue and holds a BFA in Film from Columbia College Chicago. 

“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” 

― Studs Terkel

“I think that the art of marketing, the art of promotion and the art of storytelling is definitely elevated and we have to get better every year.”

– Tinker Hatfield

Sneaker Designer 

“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

– Pablo Freire

Pedagogy of The Oppressed

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

– Maya Angelo