Media, Music, & The Arts Opportunities


Art Volunteer Opportunity with VisArts: VisArts, in Rockville Town Square, is a nonprofit art center and an approved source of SSL Hours in Montgomery County.  They are currently looking for new volunteers for our gallery program.

Their volunteer program is an essential part of their organization. They are responsible for the safety of the artwork they put on display. Thus, they cannot open their galleries unless they have volunteers available to remind visitors of the rules and inform them of any problems that arise. Volunteers also help them to educate the public about the art in the galleries, as well as VisArts’ other programs in the community.

Volunteering at VisArts is a great opportunity for students. They can learn responsibility and communication skills, and see first-hand how an art gallery is run. They especially welcome students with an interest in art: their regular volunteers get to meet the artists and learn about ways to be involved in the art world.

Contact Rachel Martin, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (301) 315-8200 ext. 110 for more information.


The 2018 IWitness Video Challenge, created by USC Shoah Foundation in partnership with Discovery Education, provides an actionable way to promote equality, challenge bias, discuss tolerance, and engage students in a service-learning project that inspires action.


Teachers and students can be part of a movement that counters hatred in all its forms, from racism to antisemitism to xenophobia.


In this contest, students will listen to testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide and become inspired to counter hate. They will complete research-based and standards-aligned activities, culminating in a community action project. To compete in the Video Challenge, students will document their work in a video essay, which will share their message with the world.


This important opportunity for youth to be Stronger Than Hate- and inspire their friends, school, and community to join them- also comes with the chance to win scholarships and grants totaling $10,000.


The contest is open until April 13, 2018 and takes approximately 8 hours to complete!


The Montgomery County Keeping It Safe (KIS) Coalition on Underage Drinking Prevention is running a Student PSA Contest once again for middle and high school student groups! Entries will be taken from Monday, January 22, 2018 – Friday, February 2, 4:30 pm. Cash prizes will be given to the school or community entity at the awards event (Likely to be held on the morning of April 18th). Please see the flyer linked below for more details. Please help us spread the word in your school.  


We hope that you will encourage your students to enter this year’s Student PSA Contest or make it a class assignment! Students learn a lot from crafting messages for their classmates on underage drinking prevention and their peers benefit from the message.  


+ Contest promotional video  


+ Entry details and application  


+ Last year’s winning videos


Contact us with any questions, 240-777-1904 or email 


The 2018 Operation Prevention Video Challenge is accepting entries!: Prescription opioid misuse and heroin use have reached epidemic levels. But you can change that. Students have the power to send a message to their peers about the dangers of prescription opioid misuse by creating a 30-60 second original Public Service Announcement. Grab your camera, recruit your friends, and submit your video for a chance to win $10,000 and other great prizes. Help lead the change in schools!


Discovery Education/Toyota TeenDrive356 Video Challenge: Winter break is just around the corner, and you can use your time off to help spread the message of driving distraction-free.  Students who create a 30-60 second safe driving PSA for the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge have a chance at some incredible prizes:

First Place: $15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery film crew to re-shoot their video into a TV-ready PSA

Second Place: $10,000

Third Place: $7,500

Fourth through Tenth Place: $2,500

People's Choice: $5,000 and a behind-the-scenes trip to a Velocity show taping

Four Regional Winners : $1,000

Grab a camera, finalize your script, and start filming over your holiday break for a chance at up to $15,000.  The entry deadline is February 28!


To learn more, view rules and FAQs, and register, click here.


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Students in Literature as Film class celebrate their final original film projects.