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VONY Annual Conference 201

2ND ANNUAL VONY SPEAK CONFERENCE & BENEFIT CONCERT

SEPTEMBER 25th 2010  

SYNERGY: A Cultural Collective for Social Change


1101-07 FULTON STREET BTWN CLASSON AVE. & CLAVER PL. BROOKLYN NY 11238

CONFERENCE 2-7:30PM (FREE) 

workshops : panel discussions : art exhibit : film screening : kidz corner & more…

Key Note Speaker: Manyell Akinfe of OIEE

Catered by: Marian Isel Barragán 

 

 *CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*

 Workshop by Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment:

“7 STEPS TO ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT” Facilitated by Diane King of OIEE

PANEL TOPICS

**KEY NOTE SPEAKER : Manyell Akinfe **


“RISE OF THE TEACHING ARTIST (MODERN DAY MENTORS)” - What is a Teaching Artist?The job of the teaching artist is to allow a child to cultivate their own identity and through this process find their own voice. Sit and listen to experts discuss how teaching artists are impacting the lives of our children.
PANELISTS
Nikki NTU: Teaching artist, Mcee, youth advocate
Rasu Jilani: coup d’état Brooklyn, Art Exhibit Producer / Social Activist
Manuel Gonzalez: All about Business.org, Youth Mentor
Brian Satz: Musician,  Music Mentor, Teacher at BCAM H.S.
Liz Gavin: Moderator

“MEDIA & IDENTITY” - What role is the the media playing on a child’s identity?   An in-depth discussion about the current state of media and it’s impact on our children. Is media becoming just another tool to raise consumers out of or children? What kind of consumers are they becoming? What impression about money is the media providing our child and it’s value and does that affect their self image.
PANELISTS
Keisha Dutes: Host and Executive producer, WBAI 99.5/Rise Up Radio
Davino Denegro: Co-host, WBAI 99.5/Rise Up Radio
Tiffany Richards: Filmmaker, youth media activist
Mary Pryor: Online Brand Development, We Fancy/Urban Socialista
Erike Mayo: Founder & President, Third EYE Rise Consulting, LLC.
Katy Walker: Moderator

“EDUCATION SYSTEM, POLICIES, 21st CENTURY LEARNING” - Is the current educational system out of touch?  What changes are needed to engage the modern minds of our youth? How can we, as a community, improve the quality of education and increase the desire to excel, helping to raise graduation rates within underserved communities?
PANELISTS
Shomwa Shamapande: Communications Director, Campaign for Better Schools(NYC)
Diallo Shabazz: Principal, Radical Ideas, LLC
Kanene Holder: Educator, Artist, Youth Advocate
Kareem Hertzog: Executive Director, OIEE, youth advocate
Christopher Emdin: Director of Secondary School Initiatives, Urban Science Education Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Craig Schley: Moderator

FILMS

Youth made Films
Trailer
“I May Not Get There With You” (A Nu View) 3:46 min
Synopsis: Fresh off the success of the inaugural project of their youth filmmaking program, A Nu View, One Common Unity and Straight, No Chaser Productions are putting the finishing touches on their 2nd film titled, “I May Not Get There With You.”  This film will focus on the contrast between Dr. Martin Luther King’s classic “I Have A Dream” speech and the contemporary realities represented by urban streets named after the civil rights icon.

Short Films
“Breaking the Pipeline” (Global Action Project) 14mins
Producers: Luis Almodovar, Astrid Barreras, Lushaunda Campbell, Lisa Rivera, Brook Robinson, Edwin Rodriguez, Scarlet Spence, Austin Vazquez
Summary: A film that calls for restorative justice as an alternative method to the unjust zero tolerance policies and over-policing that students face in New York City public schools.

“Flavio”(Taagen Swa) 16mm color- 13 minutes
Winner Best Short Film at The 2004 Woodstock Film Festival
Shot on location in Bahia, Brazil this richly colorful film follows Flavio, an 11 year old boy from Salvador, who must find work to help his family.
Directors: Taagen Swaby & Jon Fine
Producers: Jon Fine, Taagen Swaby & Mira Melo
Director of Photography & Editor: Jon Fine

Program Video
Kids Dream In Color (VONY) 10 mins
Synopsis: This short documentary chronicles a group of young students participating in a program that tasks them with re-imagining the iconic Empire State building. The film follows the young artists as they visit the structure for inspiration, are guided in a visualization process, and mentored by professional artists to finally bring their creation to life. In creating their own versions of the building, they incorporated information they learned about environmental design, but most importantly, they included elements of themselves in a revealing way. The kids finally present their work on the final day, closing the chapter- but not the book, on a very fun and unique artistic experience. Interviews with the children, mentors, and parents provide provide the unique perspectives of each those involved and affected by the program.

Featured Trailer
Beyond the Bricks (Washington Koen Media films) 2:44 mins
Synopsis: Beyond the Bricks follows African-American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on track in the Newark, NJ public school system. Weaved into the boys stories is commentary from some of the countries foremost scholars and experts focused on African-American boys and their education including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and Schott Foundation President Dr. John Jackson, among others. Through these two students personal stories, the film looks critically at the circumstances that are plaguing African-American communities overall, and offers up examples of people who are successfully combating these challenges.

Feature film
“Youth Zones” Lisa Russell  25 mins
Synopsis: YOUTH ZONES is a film and poetry initiative by Lisa Russell for UNFPA and the Women’s Refugee Commission that gives a voice to young people from Colombia, Lebanon, Liberia, New Orleans, and Northern Uganda, who share stories of struggle and resilience in the face of conflicts and natural disasters.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Taagen Swao , LichibanCannon Hersey, Indira Hersey, Alice MizrachiQuan Luv, The Love Movement

BENEFIT CONCERT 8PM-12AM $10


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