From K-12th grade, students will produce videos covering a range of subjects. The videos will include explorations of the internal vs. social self, the power of family and community, the oft-forgotten history of African-Americans in the desert region, the celebration of remarkable individuals and organizations, plus the unique social challenges of living, surviving and thriving as a person of color in 21st Century America.
Graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007, Aaron Johnson brings a wealth of experience, fresh perspective and passion to our program as an educator, artist and community organizer. He has devoted his career to focusing on youth empowerment through self-expression, creative communication and problem solving. As Aaron says, "We have so many untold stories - be it from within ourselves, or across generations of our families; from out of the hidden corners of our diverse community or buried deep in the forgotten histories in this Valley. Black Voices Rising will lift these tales out of their silence and on to the screen for all of us to see, hear, share and celebrate!" Aaron has already begun to make an impact on our district and we're so excited for you all to meet him in and outside of your classrooms!
With funding from the Goodwin Family Memorial Trust and in collaboration with the Palm Springs Black Cultural Committee, the James Jessie Community Center and the City of Palm Springs, Black Voices Rising will be lead by Aaron and co-produced by Max Finneran, Director of Programming, and CEO David Vogel. Joining DIGICOM is a diverse group of committee members and advisors including PSUSD Administrators, Principals, Middle and High School Teachers, District Paraprofessionals, the Palm Springs Police Department and Community Leaders. All video projects will be imagined, designed and created by PSUSD students from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
We're proud to present our inaugural video project that will introduce you to both Aaron and the key community and PSUSD visionaries who are going to be bringing some remarkable stories to life!