Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? This is the never ending question. We discover that the answer is both. However, art in media has often been replaced by the recycling of misogynystic, violent, degrading and stereotypical images and messages. The art which traditionally helps to highlight the beauty, contributions and creativity of diverse people is defamed and made a skeleton of itself. This over saturation of negative images impacts people’s view of boys and men of color, of women and girls, and unfairly influences their treatment in both society and the courts. It also negatively impacts the identity, self-actualization and socialization of youth when consumed without a critical lens.
Part of the work of MDR is to give the paintbrush, the microphone, the video recorder, and the music stand back to the community. By helping teens develop self-efficacy and giving them the artistic and technical tools to depict their stories through a human lens, MDR empowers the community to expand the breadth of media content to reflect the full humanity of diverse cultures.
MDR provides media production training via strategic partnerships that open the door to internship opportunities. Workshop participants are partnered with organizations that train them to create socially responsible films, music, poetry, magazine articles and radio shows.
Media Production is a Pillar of our following programs:
1. Peer Mentor Program,
2. Teen Outreach Program, and
3. Media Literacy Curriculum and Training.
Media Done Responsibly is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Pasadena Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Media Done Responsibly are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.