August 3, 2006
Company Sponsors Youth Education Programs and Emerging Artist Award
Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 2, 2006 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced details of its participation in ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge being held August 7-13 in conjunction with ISEA2006, the International Symposium on Electronic Art. As a leading corporate sponsor and sole sponsor of the art and technology festival’s education programs, Adobe is supporting the event with cash, in-kind donations and employee volunteerism. Adobe is also sponsoring ZeroOne’s Emerging Artist award being presented by Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen at the festival’s official Opening and Awards Ceremony.
Adobe’s education sponsorship covers a wide variety of programs for youth, families and educators, including: interactive walking tours; meet-the-artist sessions; sessions on how educators can incorporate ZeroOne San Jose art in their curriculum; and the Global Youth Lounge, an education space for young people and families to experience youth created digital art. Student winners of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards will be docents in the lounge and will mentor the youth, as well as show their own work.
The centerpiece of the Adobe sponsored education programs is the “Scenes and Sounds of My City” Project by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. This cultural and artistic exchange program brings together teen artists from around the world to create art based on sights and sounds experienced in their home cities. Ten Bay Area and 10 international youths have been chosen as Global Youth Ambassadors to ZeroOne San Jose. The Ambassadors will represent the project at ZeroOne San Jose, as well as participate in an art program at Adobe led by artist and arts educator Marisa Jahn and assistant artists/educators Rachel McIntire and Steve Shada. The Ambassadors’ week in San Jose will culminate in the “Scenes and Sounds of My City” Screening and Reception on August 13, where Melissa Dyrdahl, senior vice president of corporate marketing and communications at Adobe, will provide welcoming remarks and present awards.
“ZeroOne focuses on creativity and innovation, which is at the heart of what we do in Silicon Valley,” said Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe. “Adobe is committed to supporting education programs that enrich and inspire our youth and the cultural and community organizations that make this a vibrant place to live and work.”
“ZeroOne will put San Jose on a path toward becoming a North American epicenter for the intersection of art and digital culture,” said Steve Dietz, director, ZeroOne. “The support and involvement of employees from corporations like Adobe is critical to the festival’s success.”
ZeroOne San Jose is described as “A Global Festival of Art on the Edge” and is expected to draw more than 50,000 attendees from around the world. Showcasing the work of nearly 200 of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists, the festival will feature groundbreaking new art in a range of mediums, including performances, live cinema, workshops and youth activities. ISEA2006 Symposium, running concurrently with ZeroOne San Jose, is a bi-annual international conference on electronic art. Held in locations around the world, ISEA typically attracts attendees from over 50 countries and features artist presentations, papers and posters. For information on ZeroOne San Jose and ISEA2006 Symposium, visit: www.01sj.org .
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