A Big Project for Small People

March 4, 2005

The BFA Animation Department has been invited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to participate in “Big-Small People,” an international project championing children’s rights. SVA is the only U.S. institution selected; the others are the Hungarian University of Craft and Design, Budapest, Hungary; Media Art Academy, Köln, Germany; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India; Royal College of Art, London, UK; Supinfocom, Alunoy lez Valenciennes, France; and Camera Obscura School of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Spearheaded by Tel-Aviv’s Camera Obscura School, “Big-Small People” has students creating nearly three dozen 60-second spots that each communicate one of over 50 children’s rights. Eight films made by SVA animators have been selected by UNESCO. Department Chair Reeves Lehmann says of the project, “We’re proud to be the only American college of art chosen to participate in the UNESCO project. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to express themselves in an international arena for a very good cause.” The spots will be completed this semester and previewed in the department’s “Animation Dreams” exhibition on Tuesday, May 3, before being officially unveiled by UNESCO in November.

Image: Lisa LaBracio, Detail from UNESCO animatic, 2005.

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