G.E.E.A.R.S. Group

G.E.E.A.R.S. Group

Emory students teamed up with filmmaker (and Emory graduate!) Tara Olayeye to create a film for G.E.E.A.R.S.

Final Project:

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Partnering Artist: Tara Olayeye (4/10/2018)

The G.E.E.A.R.S group paired with artist Tara Olayeye.


Tara Olayeye, taraola

Tara Olayeye (aka. taraola) is a content creator, filmmaker, and video editor who has a deep love for storytelling through the mode of video. She runs the youtube channel taraola where she posts expressive and colorful short films and videos. In Spring of 2017 she co-founded Emory University’s first and only female production group, FemmeFilms, whose first film Petals won a Jury Award and Silver Tripod award at Campus Movie Fest 2017 and is currently nominated for a National Golden Tripod Award.

Find her online at https://www.taraola.com/ , on Instagram @taraolaa, and on Youtube at taraolaa.

View more of Tara’s work below.


Nonprofit Partner: G.E.E.A.R.S. (4/17/2018)

Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students


GEEARS is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization operating to inspire and provide leadership for a statewide movement on quality early learning and healthy development for all children ages birth through five. GEEARS was established in 2010 to help business, civic and government leaders maximize the economic return on the state’s investments in early care and learning.

Early education benefits children, their families and their communities.

From improved outcomes to economic savings for states and communities, the benefits of high-quality early learning are irrefutable.

Georgia’s children are falling below – or barely meeting – the basic standard in reading by the end of 3rd grade. On the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading test, just 34 percent of 4th graders scored at or above proficient. According to a longitudinal study commissioned by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children who cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. Access to quality early education can help put these children on a path to success, which will have positive ramifications, not just for the children and their families, but for all Georgians.

GEEARS is focused on leading and convening powerful early childhood initiatives that create public awareness while sustaining positive change.

Initiatives led by GEEARS include First 2000 Days, Frontiers of Innovation, Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, Speaker Series and Rooted to Rise.

Learn more here: https://geears.org/

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2018 Final Project Unveiling (5/1/2018)

Monday, April 30 was the grand unveiling of this year’s final projects! Held at the Center for Ethics, the event was a great success. After a half-hour of mingling and viewing the poster exhibit, each student group and artist presented their final works and reflected on their experiences over the semester. Representatives from each nonprofit were also in attendance, and shared their hopes for how these projects will help promote their work in the future.

220 Art + Social Engagement Project Unveiling 04302018

Documentary Group: Madelon Morford, Vivien Yang, Anne Pizzini, and Will Rogers

Group One: First Step Staffing & Melissa Alexander

Group Two: Second Helpings Atlanta & Jamaal Barber

Group Three: GEEARS & Tara Olayeye

Main project pages:

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G.E.E.A.R.S.: Final Project (5/14/2018)

Artist Tara Olayeye, Emory graduate and filmmaker, partnered with Emory students to create a film that G.E.E.A.R.S. (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students) could use as promotional material, and that demonstrated the importance of early education. Read more about how the project came to be, here.

Below, view the final project.

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