EVC Launched “Bridging the Gap: Community & Police Justice” – The Spring 2015 NMAA Transmedia Site

DSC_1114_copyBridging the Gap is the newest online project from EVC’s New Media Arts Apprenticeship. We’re proud that just this month, it won the prestigious Social Impact Award at the Emoti-con Youth Digital and Technology Challenge. This innovative project is designed to promote informed dialogue among youth, police, and the community, highlighting ineffective policing practices while also moving towards community problem-solving of this critical issue.

EVC students presented their interactive community website, providing original interviews, historical footage from EVC archives, and research about police-community relations at Teachers College, Columbia University on June 10th. Following this launch, these students will be placed in summer camp counselor jobs teaching digital media to middle school students.

EVC New Media Arts Youth Producers walked the audience through the contents of their transmedia site, including video interviews on problems and solutions, an interactive community map, a digital comic strip, EVC archival footage, and “know your rights” information.

Members of the students’ communities, including teachers and families, attended the launch and participated in a Q&A.

Click here to explore the site yourself!

Thanks to our generous supporters of this program at The After-School Corporation, the New York State Council on the Arts, Per Scholas Inc, the TechFoundation, and the Wellspring Foundation! And thanks to the Media and Social Change Lab at Teachers College for hosting our launch! Congratulations to all of our New Media Arts Apprentices!

EVC programs are also made possible with generous support from: The Academy Foundation of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Brenner Family Foundation, the Brightwater Fund, HBO, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, the National Board of Review, the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the Office of New York City Council Member Corey Johnson, the Pinkerton Foundation, the Schumann Media Center, the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, and the Milton A. & Roslyn Z. Wolf Family Foundation Teacher of Conscience Fund.