TU to host fourth annual Media Active Festival

Four-day event promotes social responsibility via media to "create, engage, transform"

Hand holding a video cameraTOWSON, Md. (March 23, 2011)—Film, visual art and social media will inspire civic engagement at Towson University’s fourth annual Media Active Festival, March 28-31.

Sponsored by the Department of Electronic Media and Film, Civic Engagement, and the Division of Economic and Community Outreach, the event seeks to bring real media activism issues to light, and encourage the use of media for advocacy and as a tool for social change.

The festival kicks off Monday, March 28, with a sneak preview of excerpts from Cafeteria Man, a feature documentary film about an effort to “green” the public school diet in Baltimore. Director Richard Chisolm, will be present for a discussion with the audience following the screening, to be held 7:30-10 p.m. in Van Bokkelen 204.

In its signature event, the Media Active Festival will screen film, photography and web submissions of socially conscious art solicited from high school and college students in the Baltimore area. The best entries will be shown Tuesday, March 29 from 7-10 p.m., in University Union 307, and will be followed by audience discussion with the filmmakers and a reception with light refreshments.

An exhibition of painting, drawing and print will take place Wednesday, March 30, from 7-10 p.m. in University Union Chesapeake I. Social artist and activist Regina Holliday will lead a conversation about socially conscious art and share her own story of using art to advocate for a better health care system.

The festival will close Thursday, March 31 with an open mic event to be held 3-5 p.m. in the University Union Paws Lounge. Musicians and performers from the Baltimore-D.C. area will raise awareness about social issues through live performance. Students, faculty and staff are also encouraged to sign up and participate.

The Media Active Festival is free of charge and open to all TU students, faculty and staff, and members of the greater Towson community.

For more information and a list of all events, visit, or contact Darcy Accardi, TU director of civic engagement, at 410-704-3921 or






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