Gail Evenari founded Maiden Voyage Productions (MVP) in 1994, as a California nonprofit 501(c)3 Corporation. Since its inception, MVP has raised approximately $1.75 million in grants from foundations, private donors and other nonprofits.
The MVP name was inspired by Evenari’s voyage on a Polynesian sailing canoe that resulted in her producing the acclaimed PBS documentary, Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey. The film was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the project Website was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Pacific Islanders in Communications.
In 2000, with funding from private donors MVP created The Heroism Project, a website that explores the changing notion of heroism in America. The site includes a chronicle of 20th century heroes, created by students at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and downloadable interdisciplinary curriculum materials for use in Elementary, Middle and High School classrooms.
World Wise Adventures and Just Like Me, But Different are projects of Maiden Voyage Productions.
The mission of Maiden Voyage Productions is to create educational media toward the purpose of enhancing social and cultural awareness, including films, books, Websites and curriculum materials. The products and programs are intended for distribution through online social netowrks, broadcast on public and cable television and dissemination to schools, libraries and the general public.