FINDING THE RIGHT ANGLES ... Three student teams from Palo Alto High School are among 340 winners in C-SPAN's national 2019 StudentCam competition, the public affairs network announced on Wednesday. Each team earned third place and a $750 prize for their work, which challenged them to address the question "What does it mean to be an American?" The contest required them to select a constitutional right, national characteristic or historic event, then show how it defines "the American experience." The local winning teams were Alex Selwyn and Ben Stein, who produced "Young, Undocumented and Alone"; Catherine Reller, Ryan Seto and Paige Thomas for "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness"; and Emilie Difede, Isabelle Koutsoyanis and Blake Elfsten for "Striving for Gender Equality." "Each year, we are impressed and inspired by Palo Alto area students' insight and creativity tackling national issues through their short videos. This year's winners creatively portrayed what it means to be American," Lorena Hernandez, Comcast's California director of community impact, said in a statement.
CAPTURED MOMENTS ... Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center is now home to 1,000 photographs by American artists including Ansel Adams, Helen Levitt and Edward Weston, the university announced in a press release on Monday. The works were donated by Capital Group Foundation, which also contributed $2 million to create a curatorial fellow position and support the exhibition. The museum was selected after a two-year nationwide search of 20 institutions."For years the collection of photographs has been absolutely essential to how the Cantor Arts Center presents photography in our galleries and study rooms, and now this gift will transform how the museum addresses the aesthetic and social concerns of 20th-century American art," Elizabeth Mitchell, the university's Burton and Deedee McMurtry curator, said in a statement. Mitchell is assembling an exhibit featuring the new photographs set to open in September. Plans are underway for another two exhibits in 2020.
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