Rising Artist Season Two

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The first two episodes profile animator Mulan Fu from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, whose creations fill a void for Chinese representation in animation, and interactive designer Rachel Balma from the School of Visual Arts, who has created a blanket that allows sensory-impaired children to feel music.


Premieres Thursday, March 12 at 12 p.m. on the ALL ARTS

streaming app, YouTube, Facebook and allarts.org


Rising Artist, the series profiling creative student talent, returns Thursday, March 12 at 12 p.m. on the ALL ARTS streaming app, YouTube, Facebook and allarts.org with two artists from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the School of Visual Arts’ MFA program. Animator Mulan Fu wants to fill the current void of Chinese cultural representation in the industry with her unique animations drawing on Chinese folklore and her personal experiences, while interactive designer Rachel Balma is inspired to create a blanket that allows sensory-impaired children to “feel” music after herself suffering an auditory injury.  Premiere dates for the subsequent episodes in the season will be announced at a later date.


Episode Premieres:

  • Thursday, March 12 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Mulan Fu
  • Thursday, March 19 at 12 p.m. – Rising Artist: Rachel Balma


Rising Artist: Mulan Fu
Short Listing
Mulan Fu’s animation is inspired by personal experiences, emotions, and her family’s Chinese culture.

Long Listing
Mulan Fu, animator from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, draws inspiration from personal experience and her family’s Chinese culture, combining her unique designs, musical compositions, and storytelling. She describes animation as a creative outlet that has “no physical restraint,” and hopes her films fill the present void of Chinese cultural representation in animation.


Rising Artist: Rachel Balma
Short Listing
Interactive designer, Rachel Balma, creates a blanket through which sensory-impaired children can feel music.

Long Listing
Rachel Balma, interactive designer, is earning her MFA at the School of Visual Arts. After suffering from partial hearing loss at a concert, she became interested in alternatives for children with sensory impairment. She hopes her design of a blanket through which music can be felt will not only improve the lives of users, but also will modify the perspective of the sensory-typical.


Run Time: 5 minutes


Series Overview
Rising Artist profiles creative student talent at NYC area universities and arts training programs. Rising Artist is generously made possible by the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation.


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