Each year we invite amazing teaching artists to guide our campers on projects that allow them to recognize, honor, and celebrate their voices through creative media.
Teaching Artists from left to right: Ashley Hamilton, Caitlin Carvalho, Dr. Amber Johnson, Lisa Whittner, Maxine Lyle, Natalie Boburka, Purple Norris, Ra and Xianix, Tammy Kremer
GRADES 6-8 PROJECTS
The projects for our youngest participants ask girls to learn about themselves, their thoughts and feelings, and learn to respect them. As girls go through middle school, they learn skills to engage with peers and family – how to share thoughts and feelings, ask for what they need, and navigate conflict as an opportunity for positive change.
The Grades 6 – 8 Arts Fest projects included:
“Flamenco + Poetry Fusion”
“Evolution of Step Dance”
“The Justice Fleet Mobile Museum”
For our high school campers, Artivism teaches them to reflect on the cultural expectations that shape their identity and how they might create change not only with those they know in their immediate circle, but with a wider audience. Participants come away with a deep understanding of how power influences privilege and oppression, how this has impacted their own development, and what actions they want to take to create greater equity in their community.
ARTIVISM = ART + ACTIVISM
“The artivist (artist + activist) uses her artistic talents to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression — by any medium necessary. The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the lens, the brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination. The artivist knows that to make an observation is to have an obligation.”
– M.K. Asante
The Grades 9 -12 Arts Fest projects included:
(see video at the top)
“Say Word Hip Hop”