March 2017 Soup N’at Finalists

We are now ready to announce our five finalists to this Sunday’s Soup N’at:

1. Felicia Cooper – “The Kindness Dinosaurs” stop-motion animation

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Many people have posed the rhetorical dilemma “How do I talk to my kids about this?” in this sociopolitical climate. Felicia’s response to that question is these minute-long stop-motion animated clips with simple current event reports and discussions about social justice and responsibility, “The Kindness Dinosaurs”.  The main goal is to be kind to each other, but also to teach children that “If you can help somebody, you should help somebody!” while patiently explaining complex topics like discrimination, prejudice, and civil rights as a catalyst for kid-friendly discussion at home.

 

2. Carolyn Pierotti – “DIGS – Sexism in the Arts” group exhibition

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Carolyn brought 13 amazing women artists (emerging and established) together and asked them to create a piece of artwork that explores sexism, and how it intersects with age and/or race. The “DIGS-Sexism in the Arts” will open its exhibition on May 6th at Artists Image Resource.

 

3. Women Writers of Northview Heights – publishing creative writing books

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Women Writers of Northview Heights began in July 2015 when women from the Northview Heights community requested a creative writing group to replace their Thursday night support group at the Northview Heights Family Support Center. Since that time, the women have engaged in writing prompts that use all types of artistic expression, including drawing, cartooning, painting, collage and photography. These activities resulted in inspiring personal narratives about life, love, family and community. Now, the women are hyper-focused on publishing their work.

 

4. Girls Write Pittsburgh – inspire girls to find their voice through writing

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Girls Write Pittsburgh is the city’s only program designed to empower teen girls through the creative expression of writing, exposing them to a world of opportunity, through the craft. Girls Write Pittsburgh provides an outlet for creativity. Girls in this writing program can go deep, whether they are writing for themselves or to share with others. Now, they are expanding their activities and reach into 2 additional neighborhoods – Northside and Garfield – hoping to empower more girls by helping them find their voice through writing.

 

5. Jess Gold and Amos Levy – “The Community Mixtape Project”

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Imagine that you get to listen to a podcast full of stories from all of the young people in a neighborhood, classroom, or after-school program, now imagine that those stories are set to beats, and now imagine that they’re full of poetry, singing, and rapping. Plus, it comes along with a zine full of lyrics, artwork, and pictures. Something like a kid-powered Storycorps, but you can jam to it. That’s the Community Sourced Mixtape Project.

Jess Gold and Amos Levy’s goal is empowerment through creative expression and the development of media technology communication skills. They help youth realize the potential of 21st century music making and DIY publishing technologies to create their own content, and share their own stories in fun and engaging ways. The final, critical piece of this involves us ensuring that we’re amplifying the youth’s voices to the best of our ability.

 

Each artist will have three minutes to make the case for why you, our soup-eating funders, should vote to support their project. Meet them all this Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Union Project! Click here to go to the Soup N’at event page.

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