Learning Self-Acceptance from our Creativity Scholars

Last month we announced the 2015 Adobe Creativity Scholars, a group of 25 who will enter their post-secondary education and creative pursuits in the Fall. Today, we proudly introduce six of them within the context of their work, the first of four in a series that will profile the group of scholars around a common theme that their pieces convey.

These creative youth come from varied regions, backgrounds, and artistic media. Collectively, they share their personal views related to self-image, discrimination and our responsibility for the earth’s well-being. The scholars demonstrate how creative expression can encourage viewers to reexamine false perceptions set by others or even themselves; to learn self-acceptance

Kyle BentKyle Bent, 17

Randolph, Massachusetts, USA

Kyle hopes to become a positive public figure for the children in the world who don’t have one. His music video, Dreamin’ Our Whole Lives encourages viewers to “let go of the guilt and the doubt, happiness is what life is all about.”  Whether it’s as simple as spending time with family, hanging out with friends or calling someone you love – Kyle reminds us that our lives are a reflection of what we seek.

Ayanda Chisholm, 17

Ayanda ChisholmRedmond, Washington, USA

Ayanda’s short film, Black Beauty in the White Gaze challenged her to tell a six-word story in one minute. Calling upon her passion to represent the many dimensions of young women of color, Ayanda sheds light on society’s disrespect of black women and their bodies. She plans to continue to use her films to protest injustice and as a means to empower oppressed people to see themselves and their world in another light. Fundamentally, Ayanda strives to “highlight voices that are often erased.”

Andreea CarjanAndreea Cârjan, 18

Targu-Jiu, Romania

Before creating her video It’s All About Perspective!, Andreea discovered “the great importance, influence and strength that media holds upon us.” With this in mind, her video conveys that we all experience moments of anxiety, fear and shyness. Andreea’s aim is to encourage us to embrace the image that we see in the mirror while treasuring ourselves the way others do.

Abdullah QuickAbdullah Quick, 18

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Abdullah integrates natural and human elements in Urban Grunge, modern designs that capture qualities of the human experience by overlaying natural elements on faces and cityscapes. He believes that we can all be who we would like to be. He demonstrates this through his designs and his humble attitude: “I am not talented. Talent does not exist in my opinion; however, curiosity, practice, and resourcefulness do.”

Victoria Bruno

Victoria Bruno, 17

Fremont, California, USA

Victoria explores the pressure culture and media place on young women to conform to unrealistic, narrow standards of beauty. In her film, Shattered, she challenges this pressure with a clear message of self-acceptance. Victoria realizes she can use her passion for filmmaking to “create empowered stories that impact many different people and their ideas on a global scale.”

Marco Antonio Perez PomaMarco Antonio Perez Poma, 19

Huancayo, Peru

Marco Antonio examines the disconnection between humans and the earth in his designs. He suggests that we learn to see our impact on the environment while there is still time to make a change – developing awareness and accepting our responsibility to care for our planet. Marco Antonio is determined to use his skills to improve his community and the world as a whole.  “We humans exist for something, which is to help each other.”

Patricia Cogley is manager, Adobe Youth Voices.