Interrupt Violence, Kartemquin's transmedia extension of The Interrupters, has been awarded a 2012 Empowerment Grant of $15,000 from Motorola Mobility.
These grants are awarded to non-profit organizations to leverage mobile technology and applications to help build stronger communities. The goal of Interrupt Violence is to create a communal, interactive experience around the issues depcited in The Interrupters. The site will engage students with case studies about violence, provide a map of community resources and allow community members to share oral histories about their friends and family who are victims to violence through a "Living Shrine."
"We’re excited to help users commemorate loved ones, learn from inspiring stories, and access community resources through interruptviolence.com. We’re working with civic leaders, educators, and some high-profile individuals as well as our regular documentary and technology partners who will bring the website to their audiences when it launches this fall,"
said Interrupt Violence Interactive Project Manager Andrew Suprenant.
"However, our target audience is largely composed of young people in neighborhoods deeply affected by violence who increasingly use mobile devices to access and create online content. We’re still brainstorming, but we’re thrilled to be able to explore ways they can share stories, create and interact with living tributes, and perhaps map resources to bring the project impact away from computer screens and into their physical world."
Interrupt Violence is is supported by Kartemquin, Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund, ITVS - Independent Television Service, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Ford Foundation, and Mozilla. The site's design is produced by Kountterattack. More on Interrupt Violence.
42 non-profits received Empowerment Grants to engage in a wide variety of outreach activities, ranging from technology-literacy education and app boot camps to collecting data for research projects to peer mentoring for students through the use of technology.
“The Empowerment Grants program allows organizations to infuse technology into their communities,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Mobility Foundation. “On behalf of Motorola Mobility, I’d like to sincerely congratulate this year’s exceptional and inspiring group of grantees.” See a full list of 2012 Motorola Mobility Empowerment grantees.
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