Pandemic Demands That We All Innovate
The COVID-19 pandemic not only has interrupted the ways we worked before, but it challenges us to innovate to do better. The Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University has embraced this moment – with help from our friends – to think creatively, and in the process, help young people mark history.
We are fortunate to have help in this critical work. The Henry L. Hillman Foundation recently provided $150,000 for a pandemic relief fund that will support the Pittsburgh media ecosystem to adapt and emerge stronger. Meanwhile, the FISA Foundation has provided $20,000 for the All-Abilities Media project, which trains people who have disabilities to develop media skills.
We have been able to help others during the crisis too. When Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh canceled its in-person annual gala, the CMI worked with the organization to put on a virtual event that brought together pet owners from across the region and that raised nearly a half-million dollars.
Then, on election night when students could not gather in large groups inside the CMI, we moved the party outdoors. We projected a billboard-sized video of the students’ four-hour live broadcast onto the side of our building, and we hosted a socially distanced get-together for the public.
This year has been unlike any other in so many unexpected ways – and yet, this disruption gives all of us opportunities to respond in ways we never previously considered.
– Director Andrew Conte and CMI staff
Header: Snapshots of Election Night 2020 at the Center for Media Innovation. Photos by Stacey Federoff and Olivia Valyo.