Questions?

Need some information on how to get started? Find it here!

The Basics

  1. Through the lens of Marvin Gaye’s landmark album, you create an original media piece that shares your vision of What’s Going On…Now.
  2. You will upload your media piece to one of two public social media sites: YouTube or Flickr. You tag your media, then message us through WhatsGoingOnNow.org to let us know you’ve posted it.
  3. Once we get your message, we’ll review your submission using this rubric.
  4. If your work is chosen to appear on whatsgoingonnow.org, you could be selected for a trip for two to attend the concert in May at the Kennedy Center.
  5. To be considered for the trip to Washington to attend the concert on May 3, you must have submitted your entry no later than April 1, 2012. For more on that, check the Award Rules.

Ways To Get Started

  1. Familiarize yourself with the issues, and think about how they touch your life. If you have a personal or emotional connection to the subject, your piece will be that much stronger.
  2. Listen to the music, and spend some time looking at how the world was in Marvin’s day. Connecting the “then” to the “now” is an important part of this project.
  3. Do some research. It will help inform and inspire your work. There is plenty to get you started on this site, and links to other, bigger collections on our Primary Source page. You might even find things to use in your own piece.

Who Can Contribute

Video makers, photographers and radio artists might already know the medium they will be working in, but performers, writers and other kinds of artists might not know how to contribute. Here are some ways to get your art into the digital space:

  1. If you’re a spoken word artist, you can make a video or an audio piece, whatever you prefer.
  2. If you are a writer, you’ll need to share your work as an image. You can photograph your work—there are many clever ways to present it.
  3. Painters, sculptors, installation and other artists can document their work with photos, image files or videos.

Anyone over 13 can participate. If you are under 13, you’ll need to participate with an adult who must grant permission for your information and contribution to be shared.

How To Upload and share

Images

We are using Flickr to gather all image submissions for the project. By images, we mean photographs, paintings, digital artwork or other non-moving images. It’s super-simple:

  1. If you don't have one already, create a Flickr account (it's quick and free).
  2. Join the What’s Going On…Now group.
  3. Upload your work as a photo. If you like, add a caption of 125 characters or less (so we can use it if we tweet your image!).
  4. Tag it. This step is really important. If you don't tag your photos properly, we won’t be able to find them. You need to include the #whatsgoingonnow and #wgon
  • the issue that your photo connects to. View the issues.
  • the name of your City and State (so we know whether you are in Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon.) Use the two-letter abbreviation for your state.

Time-based Media

We are using YouTube to pull all “time-based” media into the project. (Hint: If it has a play button, it’s time-based.) It’s really simple to do this...

  1. If you don't have one already, create a YouTube account (it's quick and free).
  2. Subscribe to the What’s Going On…Now channel.
  3. Upload the video/media piece that you have created.
  4. Tag it. This step is really important. If you don't tag your videoproperly, we won’t be able to find it. You need to include the #whatsgoingonnow and #wgon
  • the issue that your photo connects to. View the issues.
  • the name of your City and State (so we know whether you are in Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon.) Use the two-letter abbreviation for your state.

Audio

We are also using YouTube to hold our radio spots and audio stories. To make a radio spot or audio story, you’ll make a very simple video (seriously, even just one image!) and have the audio play underneath it.

There are a few ways you can produce your “audio video” piece. Here’s one from the Mapping Main Street project:

Use a program like iPhoto.

  1. First, create a slideshow with just one image.
  2. Then, choose the music to be the audio piece you've created.
  3. And then in the settings, check "Fit Slideshow to Music" and uncheck the Ken Burns effect.
  4. When you export the slideshow as a QuickTime movie, it makes a nice 640x480 .mov.
  5. When you are done, follow the directions above for uploading a video and you are all set!

 

 
 

Create & Share

War. Peace. Pollution. Love. Marvin Gaye sang about his "then." It's your turn to tell us: What’s going on…"now" in your world.