The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to partner with the Microsoft Store located at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall on May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to showcase young Club members’ excellence in the area of multimedia art as part of the Digikids Imagemakers Film Festival and Digital Art Exhibit. DigiKids ImageMakers is a program through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America that encourages Club members to learn and practice photography and digital arts, including movie making, photo illustration, music making, and graphic design.
“This event, which is free to the public, will begin in the fashion of many traditional film festivals, with the young honorees and public getting the chance to view their work on the big screen, courtesy of the Harkins Theatre at Fashion Square,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer of Microsoft. “Once the viewings have completed, the festival will then move to the Microsoft Store, which will be transformed into an interactive gallery of the children’s work.”
Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale have been working all year long to master the skill of digital art through the program. The projects being celebrated at the festival have been judged on both regional and national levels in various categories. During the festival, two of the children will be honored with national awards of excellence while four others will earn regional awards.
“We are so happy to have the Microsoft Store generously offer to showcase the talents of our Club members,” said Steve Davidson, president/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Not only does the program motivate Club members to explore new avenues for artistic expression, seeing their projects displayed in a gallery like setting can build confidence. Attendees will be impressed by the grasp youths today have on software tools and technology.”
“It seemed like an obvious match, lending our venue for an event focused on digital art,” said Turner.. “We fully support harnessing creativity through technology, and we’re excited to deepen our commitment to the Scottsdale communities by providing technology.”
About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale:
Since 1954, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has provided more than 100,000 Northeast Valley youth with a positive, supervised environment to explore the power of their potential. Today we serve 16,000 children and teen through the organization's nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Hualapai Indian Community and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas: the arts; character & leadership development; education & career development; health & life skills; and sports, fitness & recreation. For more information please visit www.bgcs.org.
About the Microsoft Store:
Microsoft opened its first-ever retail store on October 22, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona to give shoppers a chance to experience the best of Microsoft and its partners, engage more directly with customers and improve the experience of purchasing and using technology. Additional stores were opened in Mission Viejo, CA (October 29, 2009); Lone Tree, CO (June 10, 2010); San Diego, CA (June 24, 2010); Oak Brook, IL (November 4, 2010); Bloomington, MN (November 6, 2010); Bellevue, WA (November 18, 2010) and Costa Mesa, CA (March 24, 2011).
The Microsoft Store offers an edited assortment of best-in-class products, including Windows 7 PCs, Windows Phones, Kinect for Xbox 360, Office 2010 and more. Customers can learn new technology skills in the store’s theater space and work with Microsoft Store employees for personalized PC setup and training. For more information, visit www.MicrosoftStore.com or follow the Microsoft Store Facebook page.