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Arts Center of the Capital Region Launches Teen Video Contest to Promote 2020 Census in Rensselaer County



The Arts Center of the Capital Region (ACCR) and the Rensselaer County Complete Count Committee today announced the launch of a video contest asking local teenagers to create unique, exciting videos to promote the 2020 Census in Rensselaer County. Teens from ages 13-19 are invited to submit a video to be broadcast by the Rensselaer County Complete Count Committee to promote awareness of, and participation in, the 2020 Census. The contest winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Five runners up will receive $100 each.

The contest was developed by The ACCR to help engage middle and high school students who are learning remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With schools across New York State closed through the remainder of the academic year, the contest provides a unique opportunity for teenagers to collaborate using video technology readily available in smartphones and other mobile or video devices.

Rensselaer County teens interested in participating can visit www.artscenteronline.org for helpful tips on how to make a successful video, links to important resources, and how to submit their video.

Elizabeth Reiss, Executive Director of the Arts Center of the Capital Region said, “With the continued impact of COVID-19 on teenagers across Rensselaer County, we wanted to develop an opportunity to engage students in a positive, creative way while promoting the long-term impact of the Census in supporting schools and educational programs. Video production is a wonderful way for teens to express their creativity and stay engaged in their community. I hope this contest helps our teens connect to the arts, each other, and Rensselaer County."

The Rensco Census Teen Video Contest is generously funded by The Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation, key partners in Rensselaer County Complete Count Committee’s efforts to get a full and accurate population count.

Leslie Cheu, Executive Director of the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation said, “Rensselaer County is fortunate to have some very creative teens, and this contest will give them a chance to showcase that creativity and help boost our Census participation. We are pleased to sponsor this contest and excited to see the videos that our teens create."

Contest Rules:

The winning video will address the purpose and power of the census, relaying direct facts on the census’ impact on Rensselaer County. The creator of the winning video, and any or all runner up videos, will give unconditional permission for their videos to be broadcast by the Rensselaer County Complete Count Committee at their discretion.

All applicants must complete the full application found at www.artscenteronline.org. Applicants must be permanent residents of Rensselaer County and between the ages of 13-19. Minors under the age of 18 may apply but must submit a consent form signed by a parent or guardian.

Video Guidelines:

Videos must be between 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length, filmed in horizontal orientation, and provided in a compatible YouTube format with the proper codecs (MPEG4, MOV, AVI, WMV) with suggested aspect of 16:9.

Videos are due by 11:59PM on May 29, 2020.  Late submissions will not be considered. Videos exceeding the length requirements or submitted after the stated deadline will not be reviewed.

- All videos must be fact-based and contain no misleading or false information.

- All videos must engage Rensselaer County residents as the primary audience.

- All videos are strongly encouraged to:

    - Contain a balance of emotional storytelling and clear, relevant, motivating information;

    - Speak to the tangible benefits of the census. For example, the census means funding for your community for critical services like hospitals, health care, education, roads, SNAP, and more;

    - It also determines how many representatives your state will have in the House of Representatives; these are the people who will vote on issues that deeply impact your life and community.

Rules for Music Use:

Any music used in videos must be in the “public domain”, meaning you have legal permission to use it, and the Complete Count Committee has legal permission to broadcast it. A selection of music can be found at www.artscenteronline.org.

 

Please note: Applicants can compose original music for their videos. However, any video using music that is not from the pre-approved list and is not an original composition will be disqualified.

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