What is A Call to Arts?
We all have unique talents that can open doors of opportunity for our young people through mentoring. The A Call to Arts collaboration enlists the arts community to join in and help nurture creativity in the next generation.
To help inspire young artists, we can think of no better place to start than the great stewards of the cinematic arts at the American Film Institute (AFI) and the body of creative energy of the media artists within the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
During the last two years, the White House Student Film Festival has showcased stories created by young filmmakers and inspired them to follow their dreams. By doing so, it has nurtured aspiring storytellers and supported an environment for the creative arts to thrive and tell the stories that linger in the shadows, celebrate the extraordinary, and express the beauty of life from unique viewpoints.
AFI has collaborated with the White House on both Student Film Festivals and is providing professional development to each of the featured filmmakers and connecting winning students to one-on-one mentorships with AFI Conservatory alumni.
Through A Call to Arts, more than 160,000 SAG-AFTRA members and 300 elected leaders in 25 localities across the nation are being asked to mentor aspiring creative artists during the next three years. SAG-AFTRA will also dedicate educational seminars, outreach efforts, conservatory programs and classes to the effort, bringing an immediate addition of tens of thousands of mentor hours and opportunities.
This rising generation of storytellers aspires to do amazing things, but the words and guidance of an experienced adviser may add the spark that turns their dreams into reality. By becoming a mentor, you can help them grow as artists by sharing your passion for the creative arts with them.
Answer A Call to Arts and help us mentor the great storytellers of the future.