CLEARWATER - The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts Project: Shattered Silence artistic director Jared O'Roark is the recipient of the Images and Voices of Hope National Award of Excellence, according to an announcement made April 29.
The award will be presented in New York at the IVOH Mindful Media Summit in June.
IVOH awards are meant to recognize outstanding media projects in journalism, film, advertising, arts, photography and more. Recipients of the award consist of organizations or individuals whose media projects show a commitment to constructive change.
The focus of this year’s Mindful Media Summit is the Restorative Narrative: Revealing Opportunity in Times of Disruption. The conference, which takes place June 26 to 29 in Haines Fall, New York, features a variety of speakers including journalists with The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts Artistic Director Jared O’Roark.
O’Roark will be speaking about his work as creator and director of Project: Shattered Silence, a PBS documentary that follows the life stories of 46 teenagers in the Tampa Bay area.
The project captures “the catharsis of a group of courageous teenagers who were willing to bare their souls, and share their intriguing, heart-wrenching stories of struggle and survival, rejection and acceptance, and ultimately unwavering hope” according to O’Roark. The documentary, which recently won a Suncoast Emmy Award for a special eight-minute segment on the piece, is airing throughout the country on the PBS stations as well as online, documented the creation and performance of Project: Shattered Silence’s stage production, which will return this summer for its sixth original production, Compositions, at the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.
Images & Voices of Hope is a global community of journalists, filmmakers, documentarians, advertising creators, digital pioneers and innovators in arts and culture, who believe that media can create positive, meaningful change in the world through their work in media. Their mission is to strengthen the role of media as agents of world benefit, by inviting dialogue, encouraging reflection, giving out awards, funding scholarships, and publishing powerful stories about the media’s impact.