[cross posted from Texas Forums blog]
Even if no one from this network won the video contest below, we’d still have some great content about how young people in our community are thinking about what democracy means to them, AND they would be participating in an international contest. I’d love to see libraries participating in this. I know that some of you out there have the resources and experience cultivating and encouraging young film-makers!
NEW YORK â€“ September 15, 2009 â€“ The Democracy Video Challenge, a global call to action celebrating democracy, launched its second annual competition today at the United Nations on International Democracy Day. Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, served as Master of Ceremonies for the contestâ€™s global launch. The Challenge again invites citizens from around the world to create video shorts (3minutes or less) that complete the phrase: â€œDemocracy isâ€¦â€ in an effort to enhance the global dialogue on democracy.
â€œArt is meant to engage us, not merely distract us, and needs a robust democracy for it to thrive. Artists everywhere have a civic obligation to speak up fearlessly and courageously on issues, regardless of how difficult they might be,â€ said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, a partner in the Democracy Video Challenge.
The Democracy Video Challenge is a unique partnership comprising democracy, and youth organizations, the film and entertainment industry, academia, and the U.S. government. In its inaugural year, the Challenge attracted more than 900 videos from 95 countries around the world.