ADDING MULTIMEDIA The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation and Adobe Foundation Launch Youth Academy in New York

Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy Launch at Urban Arts Partnership in New York City: Fergie and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas with youth from the new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy. (April 19, 2011)

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation and the Adobe Foundation are launching a new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices music and multimedia academy in New York City. Building on the success of existing academies in Oakland, Los Angeles and Redwood City, Calif., the collaboration between the two non-profit foundations focuses on empowering underserved youth. The academies make leading technologies available for art, dance, music and video production which, in turn, nurture self-expression, creativity, community involvement and digital literacy among young people.

“We have seen tremendous results from our youth participants since we first partnered with the Peapod Foundation in August 2009”

Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy Launch at Urban Arts Partnership in New York City: Miguel Salinas (senior manager for Adobe Youth Voices), Philip Courtney (executive director of Urban Arts Partnership) and Michael Kenneth Williams (actor and Artistic Board member at Urban Arts Partnership). (April 19, 2011)

Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy Launch at Urban Arts Partnership in New York City: Miguel Salinas (senior manager for Adobe Youth Voices), Philip Courtney (executive director of Urban Arts Partnership) and Michael Kenneth Williams (actor and Artistic Board member at Urban Arts Partnership). (April 19, 2011)

The New York academy will be located at 21 Howard Street in a facility operated by Urban Arts Partnership, an organization designed to advance the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs. The site will feature professional-grade multimedia creation software and an innovative curriculum developed by Adobe Youth Voices, the signature program of the Adobe Foundation, combined with high-tech music studio tools and a premium recording facility provided by the Peapod Foundation. Through the creation of digital media projects and expression via the performing arts, underprivileged teens are given the opportunity to find their voices, comment on important topical issues and inspire social change in their communities.

Six-time Grammy Award-winning recording artists The Black Eyed Peas – will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie – will officially announce the new Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at a private ceremony