Start Shooting for the Arts
Not long ago, at the encouragement of my son, Jordan, The Dr Phil Foundation launched Little Kids Rock Across America, and I cannot tell you how passionate I am about what we’re doing. At a time when budget cuts have forced so many schools to eliminate their music and arts programs, our goal is to provide middle school kids the opportunity to play instruments, learn music and form bands — in other words, to get a chance to embrace their own artistic talents and watch them flourish.
And now, I am honored to be the spokesman for another unique program that will promote the arts throughout our communities. It’s called YouTube Video Volunteers, and interestingly, it requires your participation. What we want you to do is use your own artistic talents to create a video to help your favorite local non-profit arts organization. You can write and perform a song in favor of your city’s modern art museum, make a short film in honor of a theatre group, or choreograph and perform a dance promoting another arts organization close to your heart. The list of things you could do — a rap act, a dramatic soliloquy, a comedy skit — are endless.
If you need some help finding an organization that needs your help, check out the YouTube Video Volunteer’s Web site. Once you’ve created your video — and it can only be, at the most, three-minutes long — you must submit it by January 23. Then, at the end of the month, the top three videos that meet the guidelines will be featured on the YouTube home page alongside my own video about Little Kids Rock Across America.
Did you get that? The YouTube home page! If you win, you are guaranteed that you and your arts organization are going to get a lot of attention. It’s a great way to show off your creativity — and, in the process, to keep the arts alive. So get out there, everyone, and get those cameras rolling. I can’t wait to see what you send us.