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Aspire Judge Meredith Lavitt Sees AYV Youth as “Changemakers”

I remember the first time I picked-up a video camera and created a story. It was an empowering experience that opened up a new world to me and allowed me to creatively express myself and share my ideas and passions with others. With the Adobe Youth Voice’s (AYV) Aspire Awards competition, Adobe is creating the opportunity for youth to come together and share original digital media projects that bravely and creatively address issues most important to them in their communities and beyond.

My personal passion for filmmaking was sparked in high school when I tried out for my senior year’s dance theatre workshop and did not make it. I was devastated, but when I found out that I could still participate by creating a documentary film about the process of choreography a seed was planted inside me. As that idea germinated, I became more and more excited to be able to combine my passion for dance with the art of storytelling and filmmaking.

AYV ImageToday, I am the Director of the Film Forward Initiative for the Sundance Institute and a filmmaker. I am also the founder of Swirl Productions, an independent production company focusing on documentary films for the theatrical and broadcast markets. I have been very fortunate to work as both a filmmaker and film professional supporting directors and producers in their art and craft. Having the opportunity to be the artist, mentor and executive has afforded me the insight that the key to success is not losing sight of your story. We each have many stories to tell and finding your authentic voice and staying true to your vision is what makes your story rise above the rest.

I am excited to be a judge for the Aspire Awards and be involved in a program that has the potential to help inspire and facilitate the development of the next generation of storytellers. As adults, we have to remind each other how important it is to listen and learn from youth. It is incredibly rewarding to work with youth as they discover their voice and that sense of empowerment from creating and sharing their unique digital work. These are valuable and practical skills that will translate into their next pursuit and/or career path.

Digital art making not only allows for participant’s stories to be expressed but provides a valuable entrée into the minds and concerns of young people today. What are they consumed by? What do they feel strongly about? And who is captivating their interest? It’s exciting to see so many youth concerned about community, social and global issues from women’s health and safety issues in India to managing physical disabilities in Morocco to standing up to bullies in Canada. Film is a powerful medium to connect people and effect change, and it is quite clear, through this year’s finalists, that there are more than a few “changemakers” out there.

It is an honor to be involved in the Aspire Awards as a judge and I look forward to the tremendous task ahead of helping to select a winner in each of the content categories.

I encourage you to participate as well and help select the Audience Award winners. Not only will you be part of this engaging process, but you will learn more about the issues that truly matter to today’s youth. Please visit the Aspire Awards Website to watch the extraordinary talent of our AYV youth and vote for your favorite entries!

Adobe Education Exchange Announces The 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards

Just as Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences, educators are changing the world through innovative teaching. From creating inspiring curricula to bringing dynamic, media-rich content into courses and assignments, educators go above and beyond to prepare students for today’s global workforce. But creating those amazing learning experiences for their students is not an easy task. To encourage educators to share their successful teaching materials and help each other get ready for the new school year, the Adobe Education Exchange launched the 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards. Starting this week, educators can win great prizes by simply submitting their best projects, lesson plans, curricula, and tutorials. Prepare to be inspired!

The 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards will recognize and reward Adobe Education Exchange members who submit the most innovative teaching and learning materials. The community will choose the winners of the awards by rating and voting for one another’s entries. Educators can submit entries in four categories including:

  • Higher Education Digital Arts and Media
  • Primary/Secondary Digital Arts and Media
  • Higher Education Cross-Curricular
  • Primary/Secondary Cross-Curricular

Grand prize and runner-up winners will go home with prizes like laptop computers, tablets, digital cameras, and the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 to help them continue to create innovative learning experiences for their students.

For more information on the 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards or to enter, visit: http://www.adobe.com/go/AdobeEDUAwards. For inspiration and examples, join or sign in to browse the resources on the Adobe Education Exchange. Also, be sure to follow @AdobeEDU and #AdobeEDUAwards for the latest updates about the awards. Get your creative juices flowing, submit your great teaching materials and win big!

Adobe Unveils New Digital Museum

Digital Museum

Digital Museum

Adobe breaks new ground on the Web today with the official unveiling of the Adobe Museum of Digital Media.  It’s a first-of-its-kind, all-digital museum created to showcase all forms of digital art and media.  The project has attracted world-class creative and curatorial talent – the inaugural exhibition is by American artist Tony Oursler and curated by Bard College’s Tom Eccles (the same curator who brought the amazing waterfall installations by Olafur Eliasson to New York last summer).

The vision for the museum is to celebrate digital media and the artists who are embracing and exploring its limitless possibilities.  The venue invites visitors to thoroughly explore the interactivity, lack of physical boundaries, and 24/7 availability of the online world.  Check it out and let us know what you think.

Last night, Adobe hosted a VIP launch celebration in New York at The Standard Hotel’s High Line Room leading up to the 12:01 Eastern official Museum launch.  Nearly 200 digital artists, museum curators, collectors, media, and other art world luminaries turned out to mingle over cocktails with Tony Oursler, Tom Eccles, and other members of the visionary team responsible for the museum while experiencing a first-hand preview of Tony’s mesmerizing exhibit, Valley. It was a standing-room-only crowd.

This project has been a long time in the making and I want to offer my thanks and congratulations to the many people who made it possible.  In addition to Tom and Tony, I’d like to highlight the amazing creative work of our in-house Adobe team; Goodby, Silverstein and Partners under the leadership of Rich Silverstein; Filippo Innocenti, co-founder of Spin+ (architecture); and unit9, a London-based design firm, led by Piero Frescobaldi.

At its core, Adobe has always been about catalyzing creativity.  That’s why we come to work every day.  We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to bring a museum featuring ground-breaking digital media to the world.   Please visit us andbecome a member (it’s free).

Adobe Museum of Digital Media

Rich Silverstein, Steven Estok, and Ghiora Aharoni, looking at Tony’s exhibit, “Valley”

John Travis, Tom Eccles, Rich Silverstein, Tony Oursler, Piero Frescobaldi, and Filippo Innocenti at yesterday's launch event

John Travis, Tom Eccles, Rich Silverstein, Tony Oursler, Piero Frescobaldi, and Filippo Innocenti at yesterday’s launch event

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