By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on January 25, 2022.
An art installation inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris, “The 1619 Project” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” from The New York Times, plus charity programs from Airbnb, Google, PayPal and the National Football League, are among the finalists for the first Anthem Awards were announced on Tuesday.
The awards – presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, best known for The Webbys internet honors – are meant to celebrate mission-driven work and social impact by individuals, companies and organisations. The winners, who will be announced on February 15, will be honored at a virtual awards show on February 28 in conjunction with the inaugural Anthem Voices conference to showcase winners’ work and share ideas for philanthropic and social impact.
“By recognizing and highlighting goal- and mission-driven work, we can amplify the impact of these programs,” said Jessica Lauretti, General Manager of The Anthem Awards. “We can also bring people together for collaboration and partnership and ultimately inspire people to make a positive social impact in their own communities.”
Like The Webbys, which sought to celebrate the shift to a digital-centric culture 25 years ago, The Anthem Awards aim to capture today’s shift to more philanthropic and socially conscious concerns, Lauretti said. Awards co-founders include Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, GLAAD, Mozilla, NAACP, National Resources Defense Council, WWF and XQ Institute.
“This old way of doing things. where you would do something here and then something there to compensate, done,” Lauretti said. “Now we’re really seeing the integration of that work and really making it part of your mission in an authentic and logical way.”
A team of judges included actors Daniel Dae Kim and Ashley Judd, GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, New Ventures CEO and former Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman, and fashion designer Marc Ecko. Judges narrowed down the 2,500 entries from 36 countries to hundreds of finalists in seven categories. (For a full list of finalists, go to AnthemAwards.com.)
Finalists in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category ranged from 72andSunny’s “Football Is for Everyone” campaign for the NFL to Netflix’s “Visions of Us: Groundbreaking Moments in Lesbian Latine Representation” to Netflix’s research roadmap. United Nations for COVID-19 recovery.
Finalists in the Education, Arts & Culture category included SiriusXM’s “All Music Is Black Music” podcast, the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum’s “Becoming Your Personal Best: Life Lessons from Olympians & Paralympians” program, and the Storytelling For program from the National Geographic Society. Impact program.
Health category finalists included: NBC News and MSNBC’s “Plan Your Vaccine” campaign, Johns Hopkins’ “The Public Health on Call” podcast, and AARP’s Creating Connections with Veterans through Video program.
Finalists in the Human and Civil Rights category included: Al Jazeera Digital’s “Know Their Names” project, the NAACP’s Unmasked COVID-19 town hall series, and the It Gets Better project docuseries Out in Front: Queer Youth Changing the World.
Finalists in the Humanitarian Action and Services category included: the International Rescue Committee’s “Leadership In Times of Crisis” event, three different Charity: Water campaigns, and Niger’s “For the Good of All: Three Partners for Peace Stories” Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation. documentary.
Responsible Technology finalists included: DoorDash’s Project Dash program, Consumer Reports’ Digital Lab and IBM’s Call for Code program.
Finalists in the Sustainability, Climate and Environment category included: NASA’s “Global Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet” website, Audrey Choi’s work as Morgan Stanley’s Chief Sustainability Officer, and the campaign World Surf League’s We Are One Ocean Conservation Fund.
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