Winners - Ideas Happen 2003

Winners - Ideas Happen 2003

Inspiring new beginnings

Visa is proud to support the creative spirit and boundless energy of our Ideas Happen winners. We believe that building a better community starts by helping people build their dreams. Our twelve outstanding innovators each received $25,000 from Visa to help them launch their ideas. We can hardly wait to see what they’ll do next.

Self Expression

Lauren C., AZ
Cameras for Kids/Self-Expression

I propose to start an organization which provides training in digital video and filmmaking to at-risk and rural youth. Children often feel as though they aren’t heard. This project would give them a chance to create art and media which could be distributed through film festivals, public television and museums. They would learn valuable skills and feel empowered by their experiences of creating something meaningful. Not only would this be a gift to children to help them develop their voices and abilities, it would be a way to bridge gaps between generations and allow adults to understand the children that they rarely get a chance to interact with through media. As funding for art is cut in strapped school districts that can barely afford to fund science and math, it is evermore important to provide youth with opportunities to be empowered through self-expression and creativity.

This project is possible within the $25,000 parameter. The majority of the funding would go to purchasing equipment for the children to use and a space in which to operate the program. The organization could be run solely through the help of volunteers and film/art students getting units through internships. Additional funding could come through grants from companies like Kodak and the National Endowment for the Arts once the program was up and running. By offering the program free of charge, it insures that all children, regardless of economic status, would be able to participate and express themselves.