OMG Everywhere is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that began as a dream in the summer of 2011, when few of us music video folks really wanted teach filmmaking to the next generation. We began organizing a series of free, week-long film workshops for kids in Los Angeles. Our goal was to provide students with an opportunity to experiment creatively and develop new skills through collaboration with artists.
These days there really are cameras everywhere. So, it’s no longer about access, its about ideas. It’s not about learning to be professional, it’s about learning to be creative. For each project we partner a groups of kids with working filmmakers, all collaborating together with the intention of fostering an open and creative environment.
We believe that looking at the world through the lens of a camera can enable anyone to see the power of their imagination. Sure, we teach the kids about the basics of filmmaking, but they are the ones who constantly remind us that nothing is impossible when you have a camera, an idea and a group of friends.
We see OMG EVERYWHERE as a universal, collaboration-centric model for arts education. Moving forward, our main focus remains at the intersection of music and film and how these two mediums are interpreted by the youth. However, we’re actively seeking to expand to other arts as well.
We hope to activate new partnerships within the community in order to help us foster our collaboration between students and instructors, and coordinate events to showcase the resulting work. We may not be exactly sure where these roads may lead, but we do know that someday, there will be “OMG”… EVERYWHERE!