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Balsz Promise Neighborhood Youth Advisory Council (BPN YAC) Gateway ECHS, (9/3/13)
INTEGRATING YOUTHS’ STORIES INTO COMMUNITY SERVICE ENDEAVORS
"It has been argued that we are not Homo sapiens but Homo narrans, the only species that tells stories" (Fisher, 1987, p.157). Stories are how we organize our thoughts and experiences and how we share them with others. They tell us who the community is and what it is not (Hustedde, 1998, p.157). Within the work of the Cultural Arts Coalition ( BPN YAC consultant) the participants create an environment utilizing the traditional story telling "Circle of Power".
The theme of the Sept. 3rd BPN YAC: Renewing the Dream = Honoring Self and Others: Building a Peaceful Community, through experiencing skill sets of public speaking and PSA’s that reveal Balsz Promise Neighborhood Youth Advisory Council’s (BPN YAC) stories, advocating for change. Community artists’ paintings and sculptures were available to stimulate dialogue about the use of contemporary images inspiring one to SEE & communicate, advocating for issues of individual and community concern, w/desire to be addressed, supporting & promoting community resolve...
1. Following a review of last year’s activities the discussion focused on the goals and objectives:
These youth want to understand their feelings about life and discuss them in a safe space with others:
How to do this? It was discussed:
By setting an environmental stage to allow everyone to reflect on what they understand in relationship to the issues presented in the music, performance and visual arts, the students are processing subject matter in a safe space which each participant sharing in the civil dialogue.
2. Outcomes of meeting: Visual artworks were brought in by
This information was also provided for the youth to watch after the meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paint Life Beautiful
>> a short film by Mark Susan and Brandon Barnard that speaks with the voice of a young artist from Phoenix, Arizona, who is finding his way through life by expressing himself in his own way. We won "Audience Choice Award" at the Filmstock Film Festival and this film has also been an official selection in 3 other festivals, as well as being a special engagement at the 2013 Phoenix Film Festival. Feel free to enjoy and share this story with anyone who may need to find inspiration:
Here is how you can show the videos if you have a fast internet connection: Paint Life Beautiful is an 8-minute short film that is kind of like an Art Film had a baby with a Documentary. It was filmed over the span of 6 months and tells the story of Phx artist, Joseph Perez... aka "Sentrock."
Generations is a 3-minute video that was commissioned for the art show at the Willo North Gallery where Sentrock, Luis Gutierrez and Martin Moreno all showed their paintings. This video explains the special connection that Sentrock and Martin have, which makes the art show even more meaningful.
The postcard image for one of the CAC’s public exhibitions is painted by Carolina Parra....very powerful. IT SCREAMS---Advocacy for self and community! In this context, the arts are not solely aesthetic forms, but are intended to invite each of us to the center of our own experiences of discovery and interpretation, engaging public dialogue around issues of shared community concerns.
This post card and painting introduced the conversation amongst the youth concerning "What is a Human Right" vs. a "Human Right"? http://artsCARE.org/cac.event.81.shtml
This conversation led into discussing about, What is a PSA? There are many different definitions for a public service announcement (PSA) or public service ad, but the simplified version of PSAs are messages in the public interest disseminated by the media without charge, with the objective of raising awareness, changing public attitudes and behavior towards a social issue.
The students’ PSA themes:
The final activity of the day was to journal about one of the paintings they selected to discuss: Why the artwork affected them; and what was that affect?
Everyone said it was a fun activity; and they enjoyed learning more about how visual artworks may cause them to stop and consider the message in the symbols and forms.
Balsz Promise Neighborhood Youth Advisory Council CONTINUES>>>>
WHO: EVERYONE WELCOME!
WHAT: We will continue to address the use of the PSA (public service announcements) as a means to advocate for community concerns and to record these in performance to be publically broadcast...
WHEN:Tuesday, September 17th, from 3:45-5:30.
WHERE: Gateway ECHS (Rm. 2305-east)
Please plan to attend! PIZZA SERVED
Photo review by judy butzine, MSW, CAC co-director http://artsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml questions please call (602) 375-9553