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Voter turnout at the 2016 midterm elections was at an all-time low, just under 37% of registered voters cast a ballot. At 30.8% California ranked number 43 among the 50 states. The share of voters under 40 fell 10 points. 54% were too busy, out of town, sick, forgot, didn’t like candidates, didn’t know enough or didn’t care. (https://www.nonprofitvote.org/documents/2015/03/america-goes-polls-2014.pdf/)
This does not bode well for the most important midterms of our lives.
For those who actually cast their ballot, many report the action as, “doing their civic duty”. Creative Acts proposes using the Arts to make an event out of voting and something that will draw people to the Polls.
As the great artist, Paul Robeson said-
In every revolution artists have been at the forefront, using their art to instigate, disrupt and challenge the status quo. Recognizing the crucial place of Art in our culture, Creative Acts is asking artists to turn out and inspire people to vote. When you go to vote, would you be willing to join other artists and get there an hour before or stay an hour after and share your art with the people outside your polling station? Let’s show what Artists can do when they’re engaged and let’s do what we do best to get out the vote! It can be a sing-along, a violin concerto, a Shakespeare sonnet, a mural- you choose. We’ll send you a t-shirt and ask you to film your artistic offering & post it with the hashtag #partyatthepolls.
#partyatthepolls is a Creative Acts initiative
On July 12th, we were thrilled to bring the young people on the #RoadToChange tour into Barry J Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, California. The group spent five hours in a workshop with girls ages 14-18, discussing voting, creating spoken word and art together and sharing stories. We followed the workshop with a visit to "The Compound", where young men being tried as adults are incarcerated. They engaged in thoughtful discussion around personal experiences, exposure to violence and the criminal justice system while discovering common ground and ideals.
Our incarcerated young men and women expressed profound gratitude for the visit and were deeply moved by the compassion and interest our guests presented. The Road To Change students expressed the impact the visit had on them and their commitment to continue to amplify the silenced voices of our incarcerated children:
"I will never forget what happened here today"
"I will continue to tell your stories"
"All I see here is power. I will carry this experience all my life"
"I realize now that today is why I came on this tour"
"You sparked something in me"
To read the full impact report, click here.
We'd like to share the impact our first Creative Act had in Los Angeles County Juvenile facilities. We chose to reach out to our young people who are incarcerated as our first step because we knew they would not feel included in the Youth Uprising happening across the country and because we wanted to ensure they used the tool of voting to make an impact on their futures.
To read the full impact report, click here or on the image below.
Creative Acts will take it's first act inside LA County Juvenile facilities to register & pre-register the young people incarcerated there. These young people must be included in the current Youth Uprising across the country and their voices must be heard. We will be using the Arts to help empower these young people and remind them of the importance of their vote, especially when it comes to voting for the people who put them behind bars. We'll be leaving them with a call to action, and they'll be doing the same for us! #watchthisspace