Storytelling at It’s Best: Youth Today Article, Media Production and Authentic Youth Voice: Joanna Kohler lays out three approaches to creating youth voice within media productions based on her experience as a youth, youthworker, youth media educator / advocate and over 18 years producing media.
On May 11th, we kicked off a conversation with some of the Twin Cities wisest experts on youth development and engagement to ask the question “What are the most powerful lessons from Youth Development and Engagement that if adopted by the larger community, would transform the entire health of our communities and institutions?” Huge THANK YOU to many of the folks who showed up, including; Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, MYC, Ignite MN, University of Minnesota’s Dale Blyth, Joyce Walker, ‘Don’t Believe the Hype’ producer Robin Hickman, SPNN Youth and CTEP, Bianca Rhodes, Louis Alemayehu, Shelly Graf, Marlina Gonzalez, Ariel Tilson, Deacon Warner, James Everett, Delroy Calhoun, and many more!!! You all rocked a phenomenal conversation!!!
Huge thank you to Rebeka Ndosi and John Akre to be doing this work as a team!
The March magazine cover of Mpls.St. Paul magazine, where no women were included in its “Best Restaurants” photo, prompted local women chefs and restaurateurs to respond in unprecedented ways that included a letter to the public, as well as a film to be presented this weekend at the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs conference in New York City.
Filmmaker Joanna Kohler talked with four Minneapolis chef/restaurateurs to create “Women Chefs of the North”: Kim Bartmann, who owns eight restaurants, including The Third Bird and Tiny Diner; Brenda Langton of Spoonriver; and Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson, both of Chef Shack in Bay City, Wis., and Chef Shack Ranch and the Chef Shack food trucks. The film, “Women Chefs of the North,” offers these recommendations for the media and for other women in the industry to improve the lives of their peers in the restaurant business.
1. A redefinition of what’s called “best food,” possibly to include an acknowledgement of different styles, ethnicities and price points.
2. A change in the media’s presentation of the restaurant community to reflect its breadth and diversity.
3. The creation of a local network of women chefs and restaurateurs.
4. The support of young female chefs through a fast-track program with other women in the restaurant business around the country.
cineMN rocks out insightful interviews with current Minnesota Filmmakers screening in the upcoming Minneapolis – St. Paul International Film Festival. Keep on the look out as these interviews are release before their screenings.
Collaborating with the National League of Cities to create a video highlighting stories from small cities across the country while building local capacity for media, using existing footage and building on local resources, these stories come to life through a local lens.
Afterschool Success: Small Cities Lead Local Innovation is an online publication that brings to life promising afterschool initiatives in small towns and rural communities across America. This publication provides information on innovative practices and examples of afterschool successes in small cities. An accompanying video highlights successful afterschool programming in four small and/or rural communities and shows how these communities are working to meet the needs of children and youth through afterschool.
The Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board’s Youth Congress took their oath of office for 2014. Kohler Productions was there to capture the moment, highlighting the importance of youth voice in our institutional systems.