Contest on the Importance of Freedom of Expression
Every year the Youth Free Expression Program (YFEP) invites young filmmakers to create a short film on a contemporary First Amendment issue. This year the topic for the Youth Free Expression Film Contest is BODY LANGUAGE: Uncensored Pride. Students are invited to create a one-minute video using film, animation, photographs, music, or any other medium to show the importance of expressing oneself and one’s gender identity through personal appearance. They should upload their one-minute film to the YFEP Film Contest page on Film Freeway and include an artist’s statement articulating their film’s message. Any genre of film will be accepted, including but not limited to documentary, music video, narrative, and animation. Contestants must be living in the United States or its territories, and must be age 19 or younger on the day they submit their film. The films will be judged on content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. The judges will be drawn from a panel of renowned filmmakers, writers, artists, and activists. The top three filmmakers (individual or team) will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively. The first-place winner will also receive a scholarship to the New York Film Academy. The contest is sponsored by the National Coalition Against Censorship.
One photograph can tell a unique and compelling story, capturing a specific moment in time and offering students opportunities to examine themselves and the world. Learning with photography can support meaningful self-inquiry, creativity, imagination, and expression in students’ lives, especially during challenging times. Photography can be used as a powerful tool for teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond.
On June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET), children can join educators from the National Gallery of Art and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an enjoyable hands-on Art Tales Live: Online Storytime program.
Drawing with Mr. J is a series of video episodes from Ohio Public Media, WOSU Classroom, to help students in elementary grades learn social and emotional skills through brief but engaging drawing challenges.