Remarks by Shannon Eggleston, founder:
When I founded I.imagine
in 2014, my priority was to create a space for student photographers to be noticed and recognized for their talent, but also to be recognized as incredible human beings. When I was first contacted by Emma Tallent and Dylan Boling and Professor Strobel, my first thought was "they recognized us!" This alone was a huge boost to our small but mighty operation. Being recognized by NKU E-Media eventually led to being selected as the recipient of a $2000 Mayerson award, a three-part workshop on short film production led by amazing NKU E-Media students, which then led to three of our four films being selected for the Oink Film Festival here at NKU.
To fund a portion of our after-school programs, I.imagine typically charges a $150 annual enrollment fee to each student. This year, as an experiment, I advertised the class as free of charge, to see how many students would sign up that otherwise would have declined because of the cost. As it turns out, 75% of the kids that enrolled and show up every week are unable to pay, creating a $2200 deficit in our budget. The $2000 Artswave and Mayerson Foundation grant directly covers the enrollment fee of those students that are hungry to learn and create, but simply cannot pay. Thank you, Artswave and Mayerson!
NKU E-Media students came to our high school classroom prepared, leading with their hearts, and focused on sharing their expertise with us. This super cool posse of creative big brothers and big sisters took over and it was awesome! I.imagine students that may not have viewed themselves as "college material" worked side by side with college students that modeled their passion for film and higher education. These I.imagine students now see NKU E-Media as a place where they fit in and belong.
Our high school students were not only recognized and funded, but they were educated, mentored, and most importantly, convinced that they are worthy and capable of doing great things. Thank you NKU E-Media!