The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television have formed a partnership with The Loreen Arbus Foundation that will focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2010. The […]
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television have formed a partnership with The Loreen Arbus Foundation that will focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2010.
The partnership creates The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship to be given to aspiring student television and filmmakers. The announcement was jointly issued by Terri Clark, executive director of the Television Academy Foundation, American Women in Radio & Television Interim President Sylvia Strobel and Loreen Arbus.
Both scholarships will be presented at the April 10, 2010, College Television Awards, the Television Academy Foundation’s annual celebration of the best in student television, digital and film work in the U.S.
On behalf of the Television Academy Foundation, one of the scholarships will recognize a young talent whose work sheds light on people with disabilities, helps emerging artists gain recognition and increases visibility for artists with disabilities. The scholarship will be presented to student writers, producers or directors with disabilities, producers of content focused on people with disabilities, or to a piece that features one or more actors with disabilities.
AWRT’s competition will challenge students to create a 60-second public service announcement that tells the compelling story of disability in America, the societal changes effected by the Americans with Disabilities Act that have enabled them to become more independent and self-sufficient, and the remarkable contributions Americans with disabilities have made.
The PSA will be displayed on AWRT’s Web site and social media outlets and will be showcased during the Television Academy Foundation’s College Television Awards this coming April, and at the July 2010 National Summit on Disability Policy Conference in Washington.
The first woman in the United States to head programming for two cable networks, Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime, Loreen Arbus is a disability rights activist who works with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), the organization founded by her parents, Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson, founder-chairman of ABC.
“This scholarship adds a significant new component to our College Television Awards competition while building awareness of disability as an important issue. We are grateful to Loreen for her support,” said Terri Clark. “This is a meaningful way to salute and perpetuate the legacy of her parents and her own good work on behalf of Americans with disabilities.”
“American Women in Radio and Television supports all forms of diversity. We are honored to be a part of the Loreen Arbus Scholarship by challenging students to use their creativity and skill sets to develop compelling PSAs around the subject of disability,” said AWRT Interim President Sylvia Strobel.