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What happens when you bring gov't agencies, community-based orgs., private sector companies, employers and systems-impacted individuals together through the Arts?⠀
+ Deep listening, Authenticity and Vulnerability⠀
+ Collaboration, Shared Power and Sustainable Solutions⠀
Creative Acts facilitated a discussion for the Mayor's Office Blue Ribbon Commission on how to deepen collaborative efforts to pragmatically drive solutions that support our systems-impacted communities. Through an art-based dialogue, the commission unlocked a deep conversation of what it means to come together to re-imagine what it means to support the needs of our most marginalized communities + be better allies. This is what happens when the #powerofthearts catalyzes an ensemble - where individual perspectives and ideas can be synthesized to show how we are larger + more innovative than the sum of our parts: ⠀⠀
"Investing your second heart⠀
In strangers, in your community, in yourself⠀
To help us create avenues for healing ⠀
For all of us⠀
So that we can see our connectedness⠀
Will you let me be your co-conspirator?" ⠀
-poem by Blue Ribbon Commission Member
"Sensing your humanity⠀
Leading with love⠀
I am empowered to ⠀
travel the avenues of healing⠀
investing my second heart⠀
till I find you again"⠀
- poem by Blue Ribbon Commission Member
Visit our CONSULTANCY page to learn more about Creative Acts' art-based facilitations that we tailor for organizations to identify new opportunities, re-imagine challenges, and co-create solutions. ⠀
UCLA Visual & Performing Arts Education Program students repping it up for #powerofthearts! It was a bittersweet but hopeful moment to have wrapped up 10 weeks of our UCLA VAPAE Creative Acts session. So grateful + inspired to train and bear witness to the next wave of art advocates, artists, teachers, art activists and thought leaders who will without a doubt, transform culture and the world for the better.
Deep gratitude to all our special guests who worked with us to inspire UCLA VAPAE's emerging teaching artists this session! From Vijay Gupta, Fabian Debora and Luis Javier Rodriguez to @YahniieKaihryBridges, Kevin M Kane director for #UCLAVAPAE and Jane Fonda! Thank you for the sharing of powerful knowledge, insights and experiences with our students on the work you continue trailblazing- for illuminating the ways to use multi-disciplinary techniques in communities with the least access to the arts and the greatest needs.
A heartfelt thank you to the formerly-incarcerated alumni teaching-artists who deeply inspired the 10-week class with their experience and the insights they had to share on going back behind the walls to continue this work of growing the movement of the arts - to heal, rehabilitate and empower our most marginalized communities.
@RichLoya - “To hear the passion you have, your beliefs, it makes me feel good about being back in this world and where our future is headed.”
@RichardRichard - “For me it’s really enriching because that just sends a message to me and for the people who are still behind the walls, that there are people out here who do care and are willing to let their voices be heard… for the desire to be a teaching artist because you are going to make a difference.”
@TerriScrape- “You all have the potential and I believe in you. That you will change lives, and please know that your words matter, that your Art matters, and that you matter.”
Last but not least, thank you to Lauren Pizer Mains who was there representing on behalf of Senator Ben Allen - “I’m so impressed by the diversity of approaches and medium… so many ways of bringing the art to bear in making a difference to society.. your passion for becoming teaching artists will go far to serve you well, to serve all of our communities well.”
Continue to #watchthisspace! We can't wait to see what this rising cohort of teaching artists will bring in shaping the future. Onward!
From engaging almost 700 youth leaders and mobilizing over 100 artists across the country, we're so proud of the work we were able to accomplish together last year. See what we've been up to, who we've impacted, and where we're going ✨
Take a moment and click here to read the full 2018 report + what’s ahead 2019!
It’s what happens through the #powerofthearts and community, especially when we all create together for social change. Onward to another powerful creative year!
📸 photography credit: the lovely Angie Cibis
These amazing young leaders were presented with the International Children’s Peace Prize in South Africa! Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “I am in awe of these children, whose powerful message is amplified by their youthful energy and an unshakable belief that children can — no, must — improve their own futures,"
Thanks to all the artists and volunteers who participated and the influencers who supported us, including Congressman Ted Lieu, Senator Ben Allen, Senator Kamala Harris, Van Jones, Common and Matthew Cooke. We’re already planning for 2020!!!
For more info & to join the party go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/951877975013790/ or @creative_acts on Twitter & Instagram
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"