Moving Arts Española To Hold Youth Leadership Project

by Staff Reporter / Jul 12, 2017 / comments

Moving Arts Española To Hold Youth Leadership Project

Española —The Reimagining Youth Leadership Pilot Project at Moving Arts Española will bring together nine youth ages 13 to 20 for a three-week intensive project in critical reflection and performative art making in late July and early August.  Students will use the artistic disciplines of theater, spoken word, dance, and movement to explore a thematic focus centered on immigration policy making, civil rights, and social justice as related to the US border wall in the state of New Mexico and international perspectives.

Facilitating Practitioners Micaela Gardner (dance, movement), Devon Hoffman (Theater of the Oppressed) and Analise Lopez (Media Arts) will guide students through a student-driven creative process featuring a broad range of research based activities, experiences and interactions designed to build critical knowledge and creative leadership skills.  Students will interface with immigrant families, policymakers and legislative leaders at the local, state and national levels, law enforcement, and community immigration advocacy groups. Youth practitioners will reflect on personal immigrant stories and familial histories as they discover, select and develop creative work that will address and reflect upon these pertinent local, national and global issues.

The project will culminate with a 20 minute public performance piece and interactive public forum that will be presented as a series of (3) outreach events designed to engage, educate, and inspire audiences to take an active part in a dialogue that will foster a deeper understanding of the issues and provide opportunities for exploring positive change-making.  These events will take place at The Santa Fe Arts Institute in conjunction with the Equal Justice Residency program on September 9th, Northern New Mexico College and Espanola Valley High School in mid to late September. (dates and times TBA).

Moving Arts Española was selected as one of three national youth arts organizations (with the Sitar Arts Center in D.C. and the Zygote Press in Cleveland) to participate in a study funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation with Facilitation by Sanjit Sethi ,the Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University. The intent of the year -long initiative is to explore ways in which youth arts education, policy making, philanthropy, and curricula can be reimagined as tools for cultivating leadership among youth who seek positive answers to challenging social questions.  The Pilot Project at Moving Arts is generously funded by the Rauschenberg Foundation and the LANL Foundation, whose CEO Jenny Parks was invited as a regional funding partner and advocate in the national study.

For More Information Contact: Roger Montoya, Artistic Director, Moving Arts Espanola : (505) 927-0108 rogeremontoya@gmail.com.