This installment focuses on two organizations offering access, education and inspiration to young people planning for careers in advertising, marketing, production and post production. Each organization helps provide a foundation for creative talent to position themselves for success as they embark on their education and future careers.
Free Spirit Media
Anedra Kerr, Interim Executive Director
Soni Sinha, Communications and Development Director
Joshua Jackson, Sports Broadcasting & Technology Manager & FSM Alumnus
Free Spirit Media provides teens and young adults in communities of color on Chicago’s West and South sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and hands-on media production experience. Free Spirit Media runs in-school arts education, after school and summer digital media programs, and advanced Creative Workforce Development programs.
Brittany Edwards, Founder
Khiana Lowe, Founder
Incorp[HER]ated is diversity and inclusion agency that bridges the gap between communities and representation, cultivating sustained relationships between companies and the communities they impact. Incorp[HER]ated’s inclusive experiences and strategies focus on youth engagement and community development, for students and young professionals in sport and creative industries. The platform supports underrepresented communities, with a focus on youth and women, and has served as a launchpad for new careers, mentorship connections, and countless professional opportunities. In partnership with industry brands committed to change, we have created a knowledge, experience, and career opportunity pipeline and continue to work with clients to create equitable, lasting change.
On the third Wednesday of every month, AICP presents webinars highlighting organizations that exist to create opportunities across the spectrum of filmmaking, advertising and marketing for people of color, specifically the Black community. (To view the participating organizations from previous sessions, please click here.) As a major part of the AICP’s commitment to this mission, we are taking away the perceived barriers for why we can’t find diverse talent to fill our ranks. Every month, you will have an opportunity to invest in an organization that will make your company better and make good on those pledges to do your part. The webinars will be open to the entire industry, not just the AICP membership. The ultimate goal of these presentations is to facilitate the action required for companies across our industry to move towards lasting change. Consider these sessions your introduction. We are counting on you to dig in, act, and collectively create a more inclusive and equitable commercial industry.
To view previous installments, please click here.
If you there is an organization you would like considered for the monthly Zoom, please email Kristin Wilcha at firstname.lastname@example.org.