CALL FOR ENTRY; Applications now being accepted for THE PROJECT COLLIDER Working Retreats in Aspen, CO. FALL 2014, SPRING 2015
A working retreat for artist, photographers, scientists, non-profits, journalists, scholars, communication agencies, activists and others to bring new perspectives to cause-driven work
Hosted by THE PROJECT ROOM & Facilitated by JASON HOUSTON
Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen, CO
Applications are now being accepted
November 17-21, 2014 ● May 4-8, 2015
Our internationally recognized working retreat is housed at THE ASPEN MEADOWS RESORT, home of The Aspen Institute. We are dedicated to supporting creative interactions between people and their environments, understanding the cultural & political implications of change making, and supporting the creation of projects that are motivated by social and environmental concerns. Our focus is to cultivate, enrich, nurture, and expose the fine and practical arts as powerful advocacy tools. Our program stresses the importance of engaging the visual arts and non-fiction photography with writing, science, humanities, advocacy, and strategic communication in a way that contributes to the knowledge base needed to create effective work. Our belief is that we must combine raising awareness and increasing the depth of our conversations with clear vision of the change we hope to affect.
THE PROJECT COLLIDER Working Retreat will bring the power of an informed group with diverse backgrounds to bear on your cause-driven art or media project. Our open forum, salon-style and retreat setting is an optimal equation for take off & strategically designed for anyone working on issue-driven visual arts and communication projects with the goal of provoking change. Participants may include photographers, filmmakers, scientists, educators, activists, agency creatives, journalists, nonprofit communication directors, artists, and documentarians. Each different industry has a different idea of what it means to do cause-driven work. Participants diverse backgrounds and varied perspectives will enhance the discussion, bringing cross-disciplinary ideas and new ways of thinking to each others’ projects. This workshop is designed to include and engage a diverse group of participants. Equal participation is essential.
This workshop is limited to 12 participants and participation is by application. Each invited participant must bring a cause-driven project to discuss. Projects may be at any stage of implementation from concept, planning & funding; to creating content; to editing, preparation and distribution; to complete.
- To inspire new collaborations and discover new forms of visual narratives
- To explore how audiences interact with cause-driven content and find new tools for more effectively engaging current and future audiences
- To create narratives that do more than shock or inform but that will lead to substantive action and real change
COLLABORATIONS for CAUSE 2014
We are thrilled to announce and invite you to a brilliant workshop hosted by THE PROJECT ROOM at the Blue Earth’s COLLABORATION for CAUSE conference in Seattle, Washington September 25-27th, 2014.
Join an innovative community of photographers, change-makers and communications professionals for two days of inspiration and discussion on the collaborative future of storytelling. Panel discussions will bring together professionals with diverse backgrounds to contribute insights to key topics, case studies provide an intimate look at the methods used to create successful projects, and break-out sessions engage participants in thoughtful dialogue.
Aaron Huey (National Geographic Photographer), Peter DiCampo (Co-founder Everyday Africa), Ben Knight and Travis Rummel (DamNation, Felt Soul Media), John Hoyt (Pyramid Communications), Andrew DeVigal and Laura Lo Forti (A Fourth Act), Melissa Ryan (Nature Conservancy magazine), Craig Welch (The Seattle Times), Terrie Klinger (University of Washington), Liz Banse (Resource Media), Scilla Andreen (IndieFlix), Hilary Sparrow (Vulcan), as well as others, and case studies by Blue Earth project photographers Matt Eich, David Rochkind, and Tim Matsui.
New this year, COLLABORATIONS for CAUSE will include an opening night reception and special screening of The Long Night, by Tim Matsui and MeidaStorm as well as two optional conference extensions.
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