Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services
PRESS RELEASE

Earth Day 2001 "KidCast For Peace

Solutions For A Better World"

Offers Kids An Opportunity To Shape Their Future World

Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (November 22, 2000) Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services (V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media) announces the 10th production of Creativity Cafe's "KidCast For Peace; Solutions For A Better World." KidCast For Peace asks future leaders to offer solutions to the challenges facing our world and it's peoples. K-12 students and teachers and youth everywhere are invited to participate by making their voices heard, and sharing their art and heart for personal and planetary ecology. The project invites young people of any age to join in live gatherings and cyberspace videoconferences taking place on Earth Day April 21-22, 2001, from various locations around the world. The general public is also encouraged to participate. Those interested in participation or sponsorship opportunities may contact V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media (501c3) via email at: various@creativity.net, by phone at: 808-875-4747, or by visiting "KidCast Central" at Creativity Cafe's Web site: http://creativity.net/kidcast2.html, for complete details.

"Kid's" of all ages are invited to prepare web sites for display in Creativity Cafe's "Gallery Of Solutions"featuring visual, written, musical and theatrical arts... as support for Earth Day Internet videoconferences. We ask the kids to suggest how they would make this a happier, healthier, safer and more peaceful planet, and to tell the adults what to do for a change (for change). According to KidCast coordinator and artist, Peter H. Rosen, "We are empowering the storytellers and leaders of tomorrow with access and education in the digital and interpersonal storytelling tools of today." This global community event is designed to give kids a loud voice in shaping the world they will inherit. KidCast For Peace was featured at SIGGRAPH; the premiere International computer graphics convention in 1998.

Participating videoconference "broadcast nodes" include University of Hawaii, Maui Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Magical Child Foundation, People to People (an International Youth Ambassador program), and other groups of children and adults gathered at locations from Bejing to Croatia, Amsterdam and beyond. Anyone can participate from any location having access to the Internet, i.e. at home, cybercafes, schools, libraries and media centers etc.. Using CU-SeeMe Videoconference software (available free) participants using any Internet browser will be able to connect visually and participate in Interactivities across boundaries of time and space.

Techno-visionary Rosen founded "KidCast For Peace" in 1995 for a Creativity Cafe installation at the Children's World Peace Festival, hosted by the Children's Discovery Museum in San Francisco. In 1996, "KidCast" was featured at the grand opening of the New San Francisco Multimedia Public Library, and at the multimedia pavilion at the Marin California County Fair. Most recently, Rosen choreographed this event from the Sierra Club's Earth Day celebration at Maui Community College (1999), where children shared their art, their dreams and performed ecology oriented chants and dances.

V.A.R.I.O.U.S. and associates are developing Creativity Cafe; A Physical Network of "New Schools" For The Next Millennium," designed to bring community members together for healing and personal empowerment using the marriage of the Arts and Technology, and various communication skills. KidCast For Peace is an example of Creativity Cafe's proposed programming. A Networking Salon and neighborhood communications center, Creativity Cafe will provide community resources for bridging physical and cyber space. "Innovative multimedia edutainment in the name of Pronoia, will enable the average person to benefit from the communications revolution, without having to learn computer-ease," adds Rosen.

This project is endorsed by companies such as Adobe Foundation, Autodesk Foundation, Macromedia, White Pine Software, Global SchoolNet and other organizations and individuals committed to empowering youth and environmental action. Documentation from past events and complete participation/sponsor information can be found at http://creativity.net/KidCast. Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services is a 501c3 educational association. Your donations are fully tax deductible. Send donations to V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media, 140 Uwapo Rd.,#49-204, Kihei HI 96753. The group is seeking financial support, hardware and software to build their first Digital Storytelling Salon and community visioning center.

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Peter H. Rosen, Coordinator
V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media
140 Uwapo Rd.,#49-204
Kihei HI 96753
808 875-4747

     Beth Skye, Coordinator
     Magical Child Foundation
     c/o 619 NW. 49th
     OKC., OK 73118
     405-767-9699