On Saturday, February 28th WACTAC hosted and participated in Illuminate! a Twin Cities Youth Media Network (TCYMN) event. During the event there were representatives from various colleges in Cargill Lounge, stop motion videos being made in the art lab with local artist John Akre, and then a showcase of films made by youth from all over the metro area. During the showcase films ranged from music videos, LGBTQ+ rights, self love to even talking wolves.
WACTAC during the showcase, Photo by Walker Art Center
Two WACTAC members, Satya Varghese Mac and myself, were able to show original pieces during the showcase. Having my own work screened in such a large and high quality theater is something I’ve only dreamed of. While I can’t speak for the other youth who showed their work, I left the Walker that day feeling incredibly empowered and inspired. Through the showcase and various activities during this event I made connections with other young people who are interested in film and felt uplifted by my peers.
At the end of the showcase there was a Q and A period with the filmmakers and TCYMN gave certificates to all the filmmakers who participated. In addition, they also gave awards for “Audience’s Choice” (Spine Diving by Satya Varghese Mac), “Curator’s Choice” (New Shelter by Jake Shultz), “Best Technical Quality” (Amazing by Cecilia Martinez) and “Best Story” (What It’s Like by Sarah Maude-Griffin).
Filmmakers answering questions after the showcase, Photo by Walker Art Center
Before the showcase, WACTAC and other attendees worked in the art lab with artist John Akre, creating a stop motion video called “Dream Exchange”. Dream Exchange was designed and curated by Youth Collective. The basis of the activity was one person wrote down a dream that they had had and pinned it on the wall. Then, another person picked that dream and then illustrated it with construction paper props. Watch the video below:
Overall the event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase youth voices and to make connections within our community.