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IMPACT Awards -- KVAK-TV

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Published on Nov 6, 2012

Student Team KVAK TV

The KVAK TV team is Jesus Landin-Torrez (MFA), Teresa Baker (MFA), Steve Sanchez (Furniture, and Floris Schonfeld (MFA).

In rural Kivalina, Alaska (population 440), 60 percent of the residents are under the age of 25. They are faced with geographic isolation, staggering unemployment rates, and imminent relocation due to rising sea levels. They also find themselves confronting the dilemma of situating their identities with respect to the traditions of their tribe (90 percent of the village is ethnically Inupiaq) and the global youth community.

Says Baker, "Our project challenges the youth of Kivalina to redefine what their heritage means to them. It is an alternative platform to voice their ideas."

In August, the student team will partner with Alaska Design Forum to empower a council of Kivalina youth to create three episodes of a live-performance television show. The show will serve as a platform for conversations about isolation, location, and cultural shift. It will air on Alaskan public television and be exhibited as part of the True North exhibition and symposium, which runs through September 9 at the Anchorage Museum.

To ensure that the dialogue they create will be ongoing, the team will leave equipment and funds with the youth council after they depart.

Learn More About IMPACT and Apply in 2013

CCA students interested in learning more about the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards should attend this year's final IMPACT team presentations in September 2012 and come to one of the Center's hosted information and networking sessions, which will start in October 2012. Applications will be due in early spring 2013 for projects that will take place in summer 2013. (The Center will email a schedule of upcoming info sessions to all currently enrolled CCA students.)

Get more information and updates on the IMPACT blog (impact-awards.org) and the Center's Twitter feed (@CCA_Center).

Read the related feature:

http://www.cca.edu/news/2012/06/28/im...

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