Fort Stanwix Celebrates the NPS 100 With Music Video!

two people dance on a stage in the middle of the fort.
YAP! Artists Dakota Lopes (right) and Sky Bento (left) take the stage at Fort Stanwix National Monument for the filming of the Centennial music video.


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News Release Date: October 8, 2015

Contact: Frank Barrows, 315-336-3113

Rome, New York – On Thursday October 15th, 2015 the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) and the National Park Service will release the music video for the song Centennial which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.The digital release will take place through multiple platforms including the YAP! website, on YAP!'s social media outlets, and multiple National Park Service social media
sites, including the Fort Stanwix National Monument Facebook page.

The song Centennial was originally produced as a "birthday wish" for the National Park Service. The song, written by YAP! members Dakota Lopes, 22, and Sky Bento, 21 struck, a chord with those who heard it and it instantly became clear that the song needed a video.

In the summer of 2015, Video Producer/Director Ben Gilbarg, set out to make an epic video for Centennial. He hit the road with YAP! in a van decorated as the "History Machine" and visited seven national
park sites in 4 states. Together they explored, connected with youth, and performed live. The video includes involvement from nearly every region of the agency and features a cameo from National Park Service's Director, Jonathan B. Jarvis.It is truly a celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, and an invitation for youth to "Find Their Park."

The video was filmed on site at the following national parks: Fort Stanwix National Monument, Lowell National
Historical Park, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New England National Scenic Trail, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

The Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) is a partnership between the National Park Service and 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment, Inc. Youth ambassadors communicate national park themes through
visual and performing art, digital and media and live events. 

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