Written by Casting Frontier, November 30th, 2014 Geena Davis, among others, proved that female characters with heart and soul can deliver and ultimately succeed at the all-important global box office. Is it your turn to take the baton and run with it like your life depended on it? And if you’re a writer or producer, will you accept Geena Davis’ two-step challenge? After starring in films like Thelma & Louise, and A League of Their Own Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis saw how audiences responded enthusiastically to projects promoting honest portrayals of compelling female characters. Additionally, as a mother of three, Geena was astonished by the deficiency of female characters in children’s entertainment as she watched TV with her kids. In response, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media. The non-profit organization focuses on studying gender in film and television in addition to serving as an educational outreach platform to increase media literacy in children. Last December, Davis advocated two easy steps to make Hollywood less sexist after research indicated that for every one female-speaking character in family-related films, there were approximately three male characters; that crowd scenes contained approximately 17% female characters; and that the ratio of male-to-female characters had remained the same since 1946. The first step was for writers and producers to sift through the projects they’re already working on, and … [Read More...]
Americans for the Arts Narric Rome, Vice President of Government and Arts Education Affairs for Americans for the Arts, introduces the exciting new State Policy Pilot Program which will help advance Arts Education in our nation’s schools.
First Online With Fran is committed to featuring those ordinary people doing extraordinary things in The Arts. It never ceases to amaze me how the passion for our work continues to impact our world in so many positive and transformative ways. The interview with Chandra Thomas in 2012 only proves to illustrate her tenacious dedication to her […]
Robert L. Lynch Become a fanPresident and CEO, Americans for the ArtsPosted: 10/26/2014 10:59 pm EDT Updated: 10/27/2014 8:59 am EDT Do you enjoy the sleek look of your new iPhone? You can thank Steve Jobs for taking a calligraphy class at Reed College. Have you or your kids scribbled on a pair of Vans […]
On an interview with The New York Times in which she said “I have not mutated myself in any way,” and that her husband, director Joel Coen, “literally has to stop me physically from saying something to people — to friends who’ve had [plastic surgery]. I’m so full of fear and rage about what […]
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be joined by singer-songwriter and arts education activist, Ben Folds to host a formal launch of the new National Core Arts Standards 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20, at the Microsoft New York Metro District Offices in Times Square. The one-hour event will feature remarks […]
The First 100 Stories Campaign
First Online With Fran: The First 100 Stories Campaign National Arts in Education Week, September 8 -14. In July 2010, Congress designated the second week of September as National Arts In Education Week to promote and showcase the immense role arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. To that end, First Online with Fran is launching The First 100 Stories Campaign. The Arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation. Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent the decline of arts inclusion, the budgetary solution remains to be that the arts are perceived as extra-curricular and disposable. In Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee, the central character decided to right a wrong by collecting stories: “One story makes you weak. But as soon as we have one-hundred stories, you will be strong.” Similarly, we can do the same for the Arts. Here’s how: Let’s hear it from you: Teachers! Students! Graduates! Parents! … Submit Your Testimonial...
How are the arts re-igniting your community and sparking innovation and creativity in your local schools? When I was just a kid, like second grade, my teacher assigned me the role of Sue the Eskimo. I had to rub noses with the male lead. I tell you, to this day, I’m shy. Even though every […]
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