"Well-rounded liberal arts students should clearly have appreciation for the arts, from everything from composers to the artists to writers and producers. And music helps study skills, because you put in hours of rehearsal times," said Kirkland. "It creates the whole child."
Baltimore Speaks Out!
Sponsor: Wide Angle Youth Media (wideanglemedia.org)
The Goods: Supplies and expenses for an after-school program teaching media skills to middle schoolers
The Goal: $2,600
Average gift so far: $30
Baltimore's streets are full of stories, but not everyone has the means to tell them.
Baltimore Speaks Out! aims to provide middle-school students equipment and instruction that allows them to create narrative videos. The project receives city funding, but this year, it had a $2,500 gap. So Wide Angle Youth Media, the nonprofit that administers Speak Out Baltimore!, set up a GiveCorps Project to make up the difference to pay for equipment, staff and supplies for family events. So far, it has raised $1,812.
While students love the chance to play with cool video cameras and share their opinions on topics ranging from gang violence to recycling, Wide Angle Media executive director Susan Malone believes that creating movies and telling stories is more than just a fun after-school activity.
"It's not an extracurricular," said Malone, 36. "Being literate today isn't just reading and writing in words. There's a huge digital divide, and we're really building workforce skills."
Ferretti has donated to several GiveCorps projects, including Baltimore Speaks Out! As a graphic designer for Johns Hopkins Medicine, she knows the importance of media literacy for the 21st century.
"I was born in Baltimore and my parents moved us to Anne Arundel County for better school options. So the idea of bringing that kind of program to Baltimore City, there's a great need. It makes more sense than people trying to get out of the city," said Ferretti.
Help the Pratt Lend Books AND Nooks
Sponsor: Enoch Pratt Free Library (prattlibrary.org)
The Goods: 15 Nooks pre-loaded with 22 e-books