The Cardinal Health Foundation and The Wexner Center for the Arts teamed up again this summer to support the vision of talented teen video artists through the production of 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSA) on healthy lifestyle choices.
This is one of my most favorite programs, because I am a big advocate of the intersection where art and life meet, and in this program, they do with aplomb. Also, I love supporting the work of emerging artists; watching how they work and then seeing what they come up with. It's very inspiring!
Five teen finalists were selected by Cardinal Health from our annual Ohio Shorts: Youth Division showcase: Prentiss Haney (Stivers School of the Arts, Dayton), Olivia Smith (Whittier Elementary School, Westerville), Sittikiat â€œBankâ€ Saelim (Eastland Career Center, Groveport), Emily Messick (Upper Arlington High School, Upper Arlington), and Kamerynn Harrah (Hilliard Davidson High School, Hilliard). Each of these young artists received a $1,000 stipend to create a 30-second PSA. Columbus media artist Liv Gjestvang provided the teens with technical and conceptual assistance during production early this summer. Watch the PSAs below.
Cardinal Health employees viewed the PSAs produced by these five finalists and others from across the country and voted to choose the best. Through this process, Kamerynn Harrah was awarded the final grand prize of $2,500. Congrats to Kam, and many thanks to all of these young artists for sharing their skills and demonstrating that art and social service can be a perfect match!
Many thanks also to Shelley Bird, Dianne Radigan, and Jessica Lineberger at Cardinal Health. Special thanks to Wexner Center staff members Shelly Casto, Jack Jackson, Jeffrey Byars, and Rashana Smith.