Calling Young Film And Media Makers For Kennedy Center Contest On Disabilities

Calling Young Film And Media Makers For Kennedy Center Contest On Disabilities

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer directs Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion which fosters inclusion of people with disabilities through the Philadelphia Jewish community. She loves writing/editing for “The New Normal” and for WHYY’s newsworks. Her latest book The Little Gate Crasher is a memoir of her Great-Uncle Mace Bugen, a self-made millionaire and celebrity selfie-artist who was 43 inches tall and was chosen for this year’s Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month Book Selections. She’s recently shared an ELI Talk on Standing With Families Raising Kids With Disabilities and has released a journal designed for special needs parents.

TILT Challenge is a digital media contest focused on social change for and by people with disabilities. It asks young people to explore, analyze, and interpret disability experiences—either one’s own, someone else’s, or even through a fictional characterization—through the lens of digital media. From now through May 15, 2015, the Kennedy Center’s Office of VSA & Accessibility invites young people between the ages of 13-22 to explore, analyze, and interpret authentic disability stories that will change, or tilt, society’s current perceptions. This contest invites middle school, high school, and college students to examine new, honest angles on a disability experience—in their own life, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters—through the arts of digital media and storytelling.

The competition has four categories, delineated by age groups, with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for each category. Awarded submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in July 2015, and will reside on the ARTSEDGE web site and other Kennedy Center channels. The Gold submissions will receive a two-night trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the Millennium Stage showing. For more information, visit the TILT Challenge website.

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