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Locally produced video projects about diversity, racism, and disability to screen at Wealthy Theatre

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Locally produced video projects about diversity, racism, and disability to screen at Wealthy Theatre
 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids Community Media Center (GRCMC) is pleased to announce a showcase of video productions created during the Elevating Voices project. The screening will be held on Wednesday April 19th from 6 to 8pm at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy St. SE). This event is free and open to all.

 

Through the Elevating Voices project, GRCMC aims to raise the visibility of diverse voices in our community by providing the access, training, and tools necessary for individuals to tell their stories right in the neighborhoods where they live and work. The showcase will feature video projects produced at Harrison Park Elementary, Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, Grandville Avenue for Arts and Humanities, and Disability Advocates of Kent County.

 

According to GRCMC’s Executive Director, Linda Gellasch, “the Elevating Voices project has enabled Community Media Center to reach deeper into communities in Grand Rapids that are largely underrepresented or misrepresented by corporate media. Through W.K. Kellogg Foundation funding, GRCMC has been able to ‘embed’ expertise and modern media tools for empowering people to fully participate in ‘media’ and speak for themselves.”

 

“GRCMC has in large part been a ‘destination’ organization,” Gellasch said, “where patrons come to our site to make media, but through Elevating Voices we’ve been able to take to our partner sites media literacy lessons, media technology training and journalism education. The messages produced by the participants are incredible stories that all should experience.

Every voice truly should be heard.”

 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A about media strategies for nonprofit organizations working with underrepresented communities. Elevating Voices is a 3-year project initiated by GRCMC and made possible through generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

 

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