Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Artfully Aware at New Orleans Museum of Art

FosterBear Films will be both documenting and presenting films this special event on February 3rd.

New Orleans Museum of Art article –

Artfully AWARE will take over the New Orleans Museum of Art for a special event. For a night that will celebrate the rich diversity of New Orleans, children and adults from across the community and the world have contributed artwork and creative writing that will be displayed in the Great Hall and surrounding galleries. The evening begins with a performance by the Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Guardians of the Flame. Michael Watson, the musical director of Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, will play with a four-piece band, and the New Orleans Dance Collective will perform an inspiring dance piece based on unity.

Visitors can interact with professional writers and artists from A Studio in the Woods, catch a literary reading organized by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, listen to original poetry and prose read by students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, view photography that reflects the Sierra Club’s local environmental efforts, hear speakers from the Young Leadership Council and watch short films selected by FosterBear Films that explore the vital role of the arts in society.

About Artfully Aware
Mission. CONNECT. COLLABORATE. CHANGE.

Artfully AWARE (AfA) is an international not for profit organization that connects communities, collaborates with local partners and generates positive change in people’s lives through advocacy events and innovative community development projects.

Our philosophy is to inspire each one of us to recognize our power as an individual to promote change. Whether advocating for human rights, facilitating educational workshops or teaching income generating skills in rural communities, we bring a creative global perspective to society.

For more information on Artfully Aware, please visit their Web site:

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

BreakOUT! Victory in NOPD Training Academy

The FosterBear Films is proud to have been a part of this important project.

Re-published from the BreakOUT! site – http://www.youthbreakout.org/content/victory-nopd-training-academy

“We Deserve Better” Video Shown as Part of NOPD Training Curriculum

As part of BreakOUT!‘s work to build the power of LGBTQ youth and improve community relationships with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), we developed a powerful video called “We Deserve Better” that we delivered to the NOPD. In the video, BreakOUT! members share their stories and experiences with the NOPD and give recommendations for reform.

This week the video was shown at the NOPD Training Academy to current in-service officers as part of their regular training curriculum. The video will continue to be shown for the next 41 weeks of officer trainings.

This is the first time that LGBTQ youth who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system have had such a key role in training efforts with the New Orleans Police Department, a Department that has been plagued with corruption and is the subject of a pending federal consent decree with the Department of Justice.

Despite this landmark victory, BreakOUT! members say that their campaign, “We Deserve Better,” is far from over. Members will continue to pressure the NOPD for a concrete policy that limits the over-policing of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, model training for law enforcement, and a seat on any community Advisory Boards that are developed to the Department.

To do all of this, we still need the help of our friends and allies! We haven’t raised the money to finish paying the filmmakers, FosterBear Films, and need to continue to raise money for our weekly meetings and campaign materials.

To help, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/we-deserve-better

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

FosterBear Films coverage in the Times Picayune

Check out the recent blog coverage of FosterBear films:

The Times Picayune – “New Orleans film class sheds light on career possibilities”

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