SOUTH HAVEN | Boys & Girls Clubs of America named Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Unit Member Dakota Bickett the regional winner in its 11th annual Digital Arts Festivals competition for his entry in the photography category. As a winner in the Midwest region, Bickett, 12, was selected to move on to the national level of competition for the 10-12 age group.
The photography category, supported by Sony Electronics, asked Boys & Girls Club members to take a self-portrait and, using digital illustration software, create an illustration depicting themselves in their future career. Bickett’s photo, titled “Artist”, showcased his creativity and tech skills learned at Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Unit.
The Digital Arts Festivals features categories include Photography, Music Making, Game Design, Graphic Design, Film and Animation. The Festivals allow BGCA, along with supporters Comcast and Sony Electronics, to give young people an avenue to get creative and design original pieces of digital artwork – from photos to songs to stop-motion animation and short films.
“Through the Digital Arts Festivals we’re able to inspire our future photographers, designers, game developers, filmmakers and musicians,” said Dan Rauzi, senior director of arts, technology and careers at Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “It is amazing what our kids and teens can do when given access to technology and allowed to express themselves creatively.”