29 Apr V-Day Announces Maya Penn, Chela Mitchell, and Luke Ferrari as College Judges for Dismantle Patriarchy Contest
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V-Day Announces Maya Penn, Chela Mitchell, and Luke Ferrari as College Judges for Dismantle Patriarchy Contest
Deadline for Dismantle Patriarchy Contest’s College Submissions Extended to May 5, 2022
Renowned Artists and Activists Will Evaluate Submissions From College Students Who Challenge Patriarchy Through Art, Music, Other Creative Forms
Today, the global activist movement to end violence against women, girls, and the planet, V-Day, announced a new committee of judges for the college division of their Dismantle Patriarchy Contest. The judges include award-winning environmental activist, CEO and author, Maya Penn, artist and creative advisor Chela Mitchell, and actor, dancer, and actor and singer, Luke Ferrari. As part of their participatory roles in the Dismantle Patriarchy Contest, Maya, Chela, and Luke will review submissions from college students nationwide and select ten finalists whose work poses unique, thought provoking challenges to patriarchy through art, music, and creative expressions.
The Dismantle Patriarchy Contest, which was launched last January, is an opportunity for young people to share their visions of how to change patriarchal society through visual art, music, writing, storytelling, poetry, and performance. With separate divisions for high school and college students, contest winners will receive up to $1,000 in prizes. Submission deadlines were recently extended to May 5, 2022 for college students.
VIEW MORE ON DISMANTLE PATRIARCHY HERE: https://dismantlepatriarchy.org/
“We’re so excited and grateful to have Maya, Chela, and Luke be a part of this exciting artistic project that empowers and directly invests in young artists,” said V (formerly Eve Ensler), founder of V-Day. “Patriarchy continues to dominate all aspects of our lives, as it has for centuries. It’s up to our youth to disrupt and change these unjust and inequitable systems. Dismantle Patriarchy not only challenges young people to envision a different and better society, but to use their artistic gifts to communicate this vision in a powerful and unique way.”
“Art is a catalyst for change and action,” said entrepreneur, climate activist, and CEO, Maya Penn. “The Dismantle Patriarchy Contest challenges young artists to not only think creatively about how they can bring about change, but also how they can encourage others to join them in building a more just world. This contest is an opportunity to learn from youth about new ways to address and overcome systemic and societal injustices rooted in our society.”
“V-Day does tremendous work at the intersection of art and activism to advance justice and equality for women, gender diverse individuals and youth across the world,” said Chela Mitchell, founder of Chela Mitchell Art (CMA). “True change only happens through boldness, vision and creativity. I’m honored to be a part of this panel and excited to see how these young student artists break down the patriarchy through artistic expression.”
“Art and music have the power to move minds and hearts, to call attention to some of the most serious challenges we face as a society and bring us together to address them,” said nonbinary Tiktoker and actor, Luke Ferrari. “The Dismantle Patriarchy Contest offers a platform for young people across the country to use their artistic talents to imagine a world without gender discrimination, violence and inequity. I am thrilled to be a part of this effort and look forward to seeing the creations these brilliant young minds produce.”
Each of the three judges have professional backgrounds in art and activism:
- Maya Penn (she/her) is the founder and CEO of eco-fashion brand Maya’s Ideas, and author of Simon & Schuster. Maya was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the youngest Supersoul 100 entrepreneur and change maker. She also received a commendation from President Barack Obama for outstanding achievement in environmental stewardship.
- Chela Mitchell (she/her) is the founder of Chela Mitchell Art (CMA), where she provides art advisory to private, public and new collectors looking to navigate the contemporary art market. With experience as a collector and a deep understanding of the industry, Chela assists clients in all aspects of building a fine art collection.
- Luke Ferrari (they/them) is a NYC-based actor at the American Repertory Theater, with past performances in WILD: A Musical Becoming, Young Frankenstein, Annie, 42nd Street, Oliver, White Christmas, and Smithtown Performing Arts Center.
The Dismantle Patriarchy Contest closes on April 15, 2022 for high school submissions, and on May 5, 2022 for college submissions. The College Committee judges will announce the ten winners in late May.
For additional information on the Dismantle Patriarchy Contest, see below and also visit https://dismantlepatriarchy.org/.