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Serbian Receives $60,000 Animation Scholarship

by Aaron Krach




Animation has always been more than singing mermaids and lion kings, but now
there is proof. United Nations studies found that animation is an effective
tool for spreading information in developing countries, particularly
concerning children's rights. According to the UN, "Animation is able to cut
across cultural, national, racial, religious and age barriers better than
every other medium." In response, UNICEF and The School of Visual Arts in
New York awarded a $60,000 scholarship to Biljana Labovic, of Serbia. The
goal of the scholarship is to "offer a unique opportunity for a young artist
from war-ravaged or developing countries to study the art of animation," at
SVA.


"We are pleased to offer this scholarship to a student as deserving and
promising as Biljana. Animation is an art form that entertains, educates and
strikes a chord deep in our collective consciousness and gives us a greater
understanding of the human condition and the world we live in," stated
Reeves Lehmann, Chair of the School of Visual Arts Film, Video and Animation
Department.

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