America at Play Video Contest Winners Announced by National Museum of Play

National Museum of Play News Release
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April 22, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

Winners of America at Play: Play Stories Video Contest Announced by National Museum of Play at The Strong

ROCHESTER, New York—From backyard baseball, to dancing, to pretend play with action figures . . . it’s clear that Americans love to play! The National Museum of Play today announced the winners of the America at Play: Play Stories Video Contest in which contestants captured their treasured memories about playing in two-minute videos.

All told, the museum received 85 videos from 17 states, and 823 online votes were cast to determine the top three winning entries. A fourth video was awarded the “Curators’ Choice” by a panel of play experts at the museum. Six of the entries were so irresistibly playful, the museum curators awarded them honorable mentions. All of the winning videos and honorable mentions can be seen at: http://aap.museumofplay.org/winners. 

"Though the contest has ended, The Strong will continue to welcome short video submissions about play,” says Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections. “Your video stories will contribute to the America at Play: Play Stories project, supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to preserve firsthand stories about play in America. These unique stories will become part of the permanent archive at the National Museum of Play and will help in the development of the forthcoming America at Play exhibit, scheduled for installation on the museum’s second floor beginning in 2012. The exhibit will provide a sweeping overview of four centuries of play in America.” Videos may be uploaded at the project’s website: http://aap.museumofplay.org.

A full list of contest winners and honorable mentions are listed below:                                   

First Prize: Flip UltraHD 8 GB video camera
Winner: Tom Krecioch, Justin, Texas
Age of player at time of story: 41
Title: How WE play in Justin, Texas
Description: “Rather than bore you with stories of how I used to play with my friends,I thought it would just be better to show you.” 
Video Llnk: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/38

Second Prize: Flip UltraHD 4 GB video camera
Winner: Kiara Vaughn, Denton, Texas
Age of player at time of story: 20
Title: Dance
Description: “This is me and my friends dancing on various occasions, something that we all love doing together and get a workout at the same time.”
Video Link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/127

Third Prize: $75 gift certificate to amazon.com
Winner: Arash Kaviani, Frisco, Texas
Age of player at time of story: 24
Title: My Game.    
Description: “My experience paid off in this (soccer) game.”  
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/89

Curators’ Choice Award: Flip UltraHD 8 GB video camera
Winner: Justin Freimann, Rochester, New York
Age of player at time of story: 29Title: Micro Machines
Description:  “We used our vivid imaginations to build story lines throughout our Micro Machines city.”
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/110

Honorable mention: Jason Sheitman, Savannah, Texas
Age of player at time of story: 10
Title: Summer of ‘94
Description: “Field Of Dreams+Dad's Empty Lot=Making Dreams Come True—Sort of.”
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/130

Honorable mention: Stephen Novak, Woodbridge, Illinois
Age of player at time of story: 36
Title: Adventure People
Description: “For those of you who had Adventure People and remember them please share this memory. . . .”
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/100

Honorable mention: Stella Wu, West Henrietta, New York
Age of player at time of story: 4
Title: Princess Star Wars
Description: “Use your imagination to create adventures for the Princess and Star Wars Guy.”
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/122           

Honorable mention: Laura Abbett, Webster, New York
Age of player at time of story: 6
Title: Cardboardy
Description: “My daughter made a cardboard cut out with her Dad. She drew it, they cut it out and then put it together with brads. My daughter named her Cardboardy.”
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/102 

Honorable mention: Jay Flewelling, Portland, Oregon
Age of player at time of story: 6     
Title: 2min. Jay Play
Description: “Just a little bit of how I played as a small child”
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/99

Honorable mention: Daniel Morrison, Rocklin, California
Age of player at time of story: 30  
Title: Bicycle Tag
Description: “Every sandlot kid who owned a bicycle learned or invented a version of this game. . .and probably only barely lived to tell the tale.”
Video link: http://aap.museumofplay.org/video/23

 

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