Anthem finalists are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include Daniel Dae Kim (actor, producer and activist); Ashley Judd (author, actor and social justice humanitarian); Mitchell Baker (CEO and President, Mozilla); Lisa Sherman (President and CEO, Ad Council), Sarah Kate Ellis (President and CEO, GLAAD); Renata Erlikhman (Chief Investment Officer, OW Management); Shayla Tait (Director of Philanthropy, The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation); Russlynn Ali (CEO and co-founder, XQ Institute); Marc Ecko (Commercial Director and Board Member, XQ Institute); Heidi Arthur (Head of Campaign Development, Ad Council); and Alexis M. Herman (President and CEO, New Ventures, and former US Secretary of Labor).
Epitome of Soul, Inc. partners with community organizations to equip, empower, and encourage elementary and high school students to pursue academic excellence and cultural growth through the arts. Epitome of Soul aims to create a platform in the performing arts celebrating all varieties of dance, theater, art and production design with the sole purpose of enriching the cultural dynamics of underserved school communities. The main initiative of Epitome of Soul is to organize groups of young people to undertake projects that benefit the community and encourage leadership, character, compassion and good citizenship.
“”Epitome of Soul has set the standard of excellence for the impact industry”. We are so proud of what we are building at the Anthem Awards and are humbled by the positive response and extraordinary support from global brands and national organizations to local artists, creators and individuals who are making an impact in their community,” said Jessica Lauretti, General Manager, The Anthem Awards. “It is our honor to present and showcase this work and to recognize its impact in the fields of education, art and culture.”
“The arts are a necessity in the lives of our youth and young adults and Epitome of Soul is committed to ensuring that more students have access to quality arts education. We are deeply honored to have been selected as finalists for the Anthem Award and appreciate the level of awareness this award brings to the importance of social impact.
“The pandemic has given us the opportunity to adapt and continue to offer our programs virtually as part of the Virtual Arts & Soul after-school program.
“As we continue to inspire the transformation of our K-12 students, we invite everyone to join us on the journey to help students grow as leaders through the arts.” -Nailah Butler, CEO and Co-Founder
The winners of the inaugural Anthem Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, and celebrated at the first annual Anthem Voices virtual conference as well as a star-studded virtual awards show on Monday, February 28, 2022. Fans can watch the virtual show at the application featuring special moments and mark the speeches of all the winners on www.anthemawards.com.
The Anthem Awards were launched in response to the prevalence of social good in the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist in recent years. The inaugural competition received nearly 2,500 entries from 36 countries around the world. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards set a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of the program’s revenue will fund a new grant program supporting emerging individuals and organizations working to advance causes recognized at the inaugural Anthem Awards.
About the winner
Epitome of Soul, Inc. was founded in 2012 in response to the lack of arts programs for underserved students in low-income communities. The organization currently serves the community of Passaic County, NJ and surrounding areas through education and arts advocacy, mentorship, and scholarships, with the goal of putting the arts back in the schools. .
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About Anthem Awards:
The Anthem Awards, the newest initiative of the Webby Awards, was developed to recognize the breadth of social work (online and offline) around the world by honoring organizations, brands and people who create lasting impact; including diversity, equity and inclusion; education, art and culture; Health; human and civil rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and sustainability, environment and climate. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards set a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF and XQ.
About the Webby Awards:
Hailed as “the Internet’s highest honour” by The New York Times, the Webby Awards are the premier international awards organization recognizing excellence on the Internet, including websites; Video; Advertising, media and public relations; applications, mobile and voice; Social; podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, the Webby Awards this year received more than 13,500 nominations from 50 states and 70 countries around the world. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Webby Awards sponsors and partners include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement and AIGA.
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