Incoming Freshman Raises LGBTQ Awareness, Earns International Accolade

August 1st, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Sayoko Ariga

Sayoko Ariga

Sayoko Ariga is receiving global accolades before she’s even set foot on campus as a CCAD student. The incoming freshman was awarded first place for her poster campaign in the Adobe Youth Voices Awards competition.

The online competition encourages youth around the globe to use technology to creatively express their vision for driving positive change in local communities. Now in its third year, the Adobe Youth Awards accepts submissions in a variety of media, including photo essays, music, videos, and other forms of visual storytelling.

Ariga was encouraged to participate by a technology teacher at her high school in New Albany, OH. Ariga’s poster campaign Love the Diversity, originally created for her senior seminar project, addresses LGBTQ human rights in schools.

“I wanted to share my message to people outside of my local school,” she said. “I hope this competition has made people think about LGBTQ human rights issues more seriously.”

Sayoko Ariga's winning poster campaign. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sayoko Ariga’s poster. Image courtesy of the artist.

Winning projects received software and hardware for their schools and will be featured at exhibitions, including international film festivals and other arts organization events.

As the summer draws to a close, Ariga said she can’t wait to get to campus.

“CCAD has friendly administrators, inspiring students, and amazing faculty. I can’t wait to see other passionate students on campus!”

The native of Tochigi-ken, Japan, attended New Albany High School in New Albany, OH.

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