V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media / Creativity Cafe
Press Release July 31, 1997
Contact: Cleopatra at 415.776.0821

Call for KidCast Participants,
Introducing First Corporate Partner for Creativity Cafe

First Broadcast Node and KidCast Date (11/17) Announced
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Where can children around the world come together to learn and polish their
storytelling skills and creative expression? In CyberSpace, of course, at
the ground-breaking KidCast this November where young artists and their
audiences will interact with each other sharing their art and "talking
story" in real time. Both a web site and broadcast over the Internet
utilizing CU-SeeMe videoconferencing technology.

The premiere KidCast arrived in 1995 at a Creativity Cafe[R] installation
for the Children's World Peace Festival held at Children's Discovery Museum
in San Francisco. It was called "KidCast for Peace" to coincide with their
theme. KidCast connects children at home, cybercafes, schools and art
centers; inviting them to create art that reflects their dreams and hopes
for a happier and better world. This results in CU-SeeMe multicasts, a
collaborative Web site and Creativity Cafe's Virtual Reality
"EarthStation." KidCasts in 1996 occurred at the grand opening of the
multimedia San Francisco Public Library, and at the Multimedia Pavilion at
the Marin County Fair.

Sponsors and participants are being sought to launch this next KidCast.
Donations of time, funds, and equipment are much needed to help promote
this educational, positive and fun event.

V.A.R.I.0.U.S. is also developing Creativity Cafe, "a new school for the
new millennium"; embracing the World Wide Web, Internet videoeonferencing,
analog and digital art, digital video editing, computer graphics animation,
and live interactive performances. "We currently exist in cyberspace and
are well on our way to establishing our first physical location in San
Francisco. The purpose of Creativity Cafe is to market talent in new ways
and generate income for creative people. We also want to make it fun for
techno-phobic folks to better understand the communication revolution,"
offers Rosen. In this exploding digital age, it is possible to connect and
collaborate with others throughout the world also using state-of-the-art
technology to spread positive, healing and transformational messages.

The inspiration for V.A.R.I.O.U.S. and their Artists Resource Center came
in 1980. Rosen has been working towards that goal ever since. In 1983 at
the Los Angeles FutureWorld Expo, his group demonstrated their concept for
Creativity Cafe. They taught Computer Graphics and videotaped community
luminaries, including Buckminster Fuller, on the world's first video disk
recorder configured as an Image Storage and Retrieval System to market the
membership's art. The organization also sponsored a CU-SeeMe gathering at
T1 speed, showcasing artistic performances as part of the revolutionary
Multimedia Playground at San Francisco's Exploratorium.

KidCast is a project of
the non-profit 501-C-3 organization V.A.R.I.O.U.S. (Visionary Artists
Resources Including Other Unique Services[R]), the brainchild of artistic techno-visionary and founder, Peter H. Rosen.

To continue these exciting programs, V.A.R.I.O.U.S. relies heavily upon
generous community and corporate sponsorship. Current supporters include
Kinetix, White Pine Software, MacroMedia, Adobe and MetaCreation (formerly
Fractal Design). V.A.R.I.O.U.S. has just formed a strategic partnership
with Whole Earth Networks, new host of the organization's Web site
(http://creativity.net). Other sponsors are also needed. To make a
donation, become a sponsor or to participate, contact V.A.R.I.O.U.S., 2263
Sacramento St., #2, San Francisco, CA 94115, call 415 776-0821, or email

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Visionary Artists' Resources Including Other Unique Services
Facilitating the expression of artists...
...using technology for Humanity
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