Starting Artists, Inc.

SA Wins Video Contest!

JuliaTimesSquareA BIG thanks to Americans for the Arts, MTV, Flip, and all of our supporters for making this happen!

To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, Americans for the Arts challenged constituents to create 2-minute  entries to the Why Arts Matter Video Contest.  The competition received entries from across the nation, and we are excited to announce that our Executive Director Marisa’s entry, created with SA students, won the grand prize!

Marisa’s Why Arts Matter video will be shown on the the largest HD screen in Times Square, the MTV 44 1/2 screen.  The video will play 4 times every hour from October 25 – 31 and will feature the best 30 seconds of Marisa’s video plus information about Starting Artists.  SA will also receive an UltraHD Flip video camera to continue making art!

UPDATE: See starting artist Julia to the left at one of our viewing parties and view clips from the video playing in Times Square below. The first clip was taken at night and the second clip during the day.

Read more about the video on ARTSblog:

ARTSblog asked Marisa to be a guest blogger to talk about the video. See the post here.

“We’re so proud of our creative and entrepreneurial students,” says Executive Director Marisa Catalina Casey. “Creating the video was a communal creative process. Afterschool Program participants brainstormed words they associate with the arts to create a prose poem, and then they matched the words with images I had taken around New York City. An SA intern, Quon, composed the music and we edited it all together to make the final piece.”

So we’re going on a field trip – join us as we travel to Times Square to celebrate our victory and watch the Why Arts Matter video on the big screen on Saturday, October 30!  All students, parents, and community welcome -  we’re meeting at 5pm in Times Square.  Halloween costumes encouraged!

See SA on NY1:

See the 30-second video clip as it appears in Times Square during the day and at night:

See the original, Grand Prize-winning video here:

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