The Freechild Project
finds that art and
social change movements have always walked hand-in-hand.
Across the US and around the world young people are promoting positive, powerful
social change through the arts, including dance, graffiti art,
Point to Ponder
"Art is long, life is short, judgment
difficult, opportunity transient." - Goethe
The following resources are websites and
publications that Freechild's youth researchers have identified to help young people and adult allies use art for
Publications & Websites
The TRIBES Project
A multicultural, youth driven,
non-profit organization dedicated to race education through the
performing arts. We produce evocative and honest theatre
performances as forums for the open discussion of race. The
Tribes Project produces professional youth theatre with high
standards of excellence.
The City Kids
mission is to engage and develop diverse young people to
positively impact their lives, their communities and the world.
We accomplish that mission through programs that help young
people ages 13 to 19 to use their voices for positive change.
Young people involved with CityKids; Write and perform their own
positive message music, dance and dramatic material; Get their
voices heard through youth-driven interactive workshops,
grassroots community programs, television appearances,
videotapes, books and more.
CityKids uses the
arts to engage and train young people in civic action.
Mosaic Voices/ Voices of Youth
Voices of Youth is a series of
projects that involve diverse youth in a variety of communities.
Through Voices, youth are engaged in the creation of an artistic
forum for their own expression while developing mentoring
relationships within their community. Voices of Youth
inspires and empowers local youth, fosters ongoing
cross-generational dialogues and leads to the development of
unique local forms of mentoring.
Urban Youth - Writing for Change
The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing
Project is a volunteer, non-profit effort with Seattle teens who
are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult
lives. We help these young people express themselves through
poetry and other forms of writing. In our work we ask the teens
to speak from the heart about who they are as people, and the
teens often respond by writing about traumatic losses that
occurred when they were little children, losses such as the
death of a parent, abandonment, neglect, abuse, and a parent's
addiction. These traumas from their childhood have left the
teens feeling depressed, confused, angry, and prone to substance
abuse and destructive acting-out. But the writing process makes
Urban youth in the
Bay Area of California to working for systemic social change through the
creation and promotion of art and culture. Young artists are empowered to
popularize their visions of freedom and social transformation. Underground
Railroad is building a vibrant movement that speaks to and involves young
people of color as artists and cultural workers, encouraging them to use
microphones and megaphones, paintbrushes and picket signs, as leaders in the
movement for fundamental social change.