Doug, a poet and author, would use the Holman Prize to lead a small group of DeafBlind participants to Mexico City, where they would savor the city’s exuberant culture and history.
Seok Tin, an award-winning visual artist, writer and teacher, would use the Holman Prize to create a gallery for artists with disabilities.
Michael, a retired aerospace engineer, would use the Holman Prize to produce an audio described documentary film about his upcoming hiking trek to Machu Pichu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. He would also write a book entitled “The Blind Man’s Guide to Machu Picchu,” containing hiking instruction, tips and more.
Mary, a food blogger, would use the Holman Prize to compile a cookbook featuring recipes from blind and low-vision home cooks, chefs and foodies.
Aishwarya, a filmmaker and rehabilitation counselor, would use the Holman Prize to create a training center for the blind and low-vision community to study elements of filmmaking like script writing, film editing, sound mixing, production and more.
Carla would use the Holman Prize to publish two books about being a blind traveler, then journey through Latin America to promote the books and encourage her blind peers to head out on adventures of their own.
Leona, an actor and writer, would use the Holman Prize to expand her magazine “Aromatica Poetica,” which is “dedicated to the arts and sciences” of smell. Furthermore, she would use the prize money to fund her own prize, geared in part towards visually-impaired writers.