Disney will work with Howard University on a multi-year program to help foster opportunities in media and entertainment for underrepresented students†
BURBANK, California.† July 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today at ESSENCE Festival of Culture™, The Walt Disney Company announced the creation of the Disney Storytellers Fund on Howard Universitywhich will create opportunities for historically underrepresented students to have future careers as storytellers and innovators in media and entertainment.
The Disney Storytellers Fund on Howard University will provide stipends over a five-year period for student projects focused on storytelling in a variety of media, including animation, digital design, gaming, journalism, live action, performing arts, product design, visual design, virtual reality, and more. Disney will also provide access to speakers, mentors, and internships to students in the program to spark interest in these areas and help them build the skills needed for a future career in entertainment.
“Across all Disney brands, we are working to amplify underrepresented voices and untold stories. The Disney Storytellers Fund at Howard will help us support students and the innovation and creativity the university has cultivated for more than 150 years. We are excited to helping the next generation of black storytellers bring their ideas to life,” said Jennifer Cohen, executive vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company.
“Our students at the School of Fine Arts find their creative expression in many ways – in the performing arts, in animation, in the design of the products we use in life. The Disney Storytellers Fund is a tremendous support for our emerging artists such as they explore and develop their potential within and across disciplines,” said Phylicia RashadDean of Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.
In addition to the Disney Storytellers Fund, Disney will fund the development of a creative collaborative space to be housed in the new Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts and the Cathy Hughes School of Communication in Howard University†
Through social investments and collaborations like this, Disney expands access to careers in storytelling and innovation for those historically underrepresented. From arts and STEM programs for school-age children to scholarships, storytelling, and technical skills building programs for teens and young adults, Disney helps today’s youth to pursue their dreams, build their talents and skills, and become who they think they can be.
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