On Monday, Oct. 3, the White House will convene creators, innovators and organizers from across the country for an evening of music, film and great ideas. South by South Lawn is a call to arms for every American to roll up their sleeves and make a positive mark on the country, as well as a celebration of the great work many have already accomplished.

The White House invites people around the country to nominate their community members, or themselves, if they are creating change, big or small, to attend. Submissions must be made, by those 18 and older, online by 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 to whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09/01/announcing-south-south-lawn-white-house-festival-ideas-art-and-action.

Earlier this year, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, for a conversation on civic engagement and to challenge creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges. South by South Lawn, an event inspired by South by Southwest, will bring together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world.

In coordination with the American Film Institute, C3 Presents, the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities and South by Southwest, the South Lawn event will be comprised of three parts. The interactive component will offer panel discussions throughout the day to explore topics, such as how to make change stick, with organizers who are having an impact, as well as a discussion with influencers who are using their platforms to bring about positive change. Interactive booths will encourage attendees to engage with and learn about new technologies and innovations.

The film portion features the third annual White House Student Film Festival in association with its founding partner, the American Film Institute. Students in grades K-12 submitted more than 700 short films round this year's theme, The World I Want to Live In. South by South Lawn will share official selections and honor young filmmakers.

Musical performances will include well-known and emerging artists who are using their music to inspire audiences.

South by South Lawn’s goal is to challenge young leaders to build on progress toward an America that is more tolerant, fair and full of opportunities.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.