disney will work with Howard University on a multi-year program to help advance opportunities in media and entertainment for underrepresented students.
Burbank, Calif., July 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today at the ESSENCE Festival of Culture™, The Walt Disney Company announced the creation of the Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard Universitywhich will create opportunities for historically underrepresented students to have future careers as storytellers and innovators in media and entertainment.
The Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard University will provide stipends over a five-year period for student projects focused on storytelling across a variety of media, including animation, digital design, games, journalism, live action, film arts stage, product design, visual design, virtual reality and more. disney will also provide access to guest speakers, mentors and internships for students in the program to spark their interest in these areas and help them develop the skills needed for a future career in entertainment.
“Across all Disney brands, we work to amplify underrepresented voices and untold stories. The Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard will help us support students and the innovation and creativity that the university has cultivated for more than 150 years. We are thrilled to help the next generation of black storytellers bring their ideas to life,” said Jennifer Cohen, executive vice president, corporate social responsibility, The Walt Disney Company.
“Our College of Fine Arts students find their creative expression in so many ways – in the performing arts, in animation, in designing the products we use in life. The Disney Storytellers Fund is a great support for our emerging artists as they explore and develop their potential within and across disciplines,” said Phylicia RashadDean of Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.
In addition to the Disney Storytellers Fund, disney will fund the development of a creative collaborative space to be housed in the new Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts and the Cathy Hughes School of Communication in Howard University.
Through social investments and collaborations like these, disney increases access to careers in storytelling and innovation for those who have been historically underrepresented. From arts and STEM programs for school-aged children to scholarships, storytelling and technical skills-building programs for teens and young adults, disney helps today’s youth pursue their dreams, develop their talents and skills, and become who they imagine they can be.
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