...and the Youth Advisory Board is taking over! Every other week, members of the YAB will share their perspective on the work happening at heARTS and the value it has had in their lives. Many of these youth have been with us since the very beginning and are committed to making courageous heARTS a safe space for young creatives for years to come! Posts will rotate between YAB members so you will get to hear from all of them over the course of the year.
I wouldn't be doing my job, if I didn't take the opportunity to tell you about a couple awesome projects the YAB has in the works.
The weekend of the LoLa Art Crawl - Aug. 23rd and 24th - the YAB is planning an Art Crawl Bake Sale from 10a-4p both days. Many of them will be baking and have also enlisted the help of family and friends to ensure we have a full selection of goods- even gluten free and vegan options! If you are around, we hope you will stop in to purchase some yummy treats and learn more about our mission. We also hope to have our Doodle murals in the back parking lot for some creative community building!
We have all the bakers we need for this event, but if you are available to support the space during the sale we would love your help with a shift!
The other project the YAB is working on is in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis' Blueprint for Action. We have been awarded a grant from the city to create an art project that works on youth violence prevention in our communities. The project they designed will use polaroid pictures to create a dialogue about the ways and reasons that people fight. It is called "Why Fight?" I'll let them tell you more about it in a future post, but will leave you with a sampling of the kind of pictures we'll be taking at pop-up locations near South and Roosevelt.
Shortly before the New Year, Pinterest asked people to share their plans for 2013 in the way of a pin. courageous heARTS submitted the picture below, which links to Lindsay's blog post, Building Courage. Hundreds of people submitted their pins and our's was one of only 42 that were selected for The Pinterest Challenge board!
If that isn't exciting enough, this pin grew exponentially in popularity! 900+ repins and over 200 "likes", make it is clear that we all have a desire to listen to our hearts-- no matter the odds. Our heads and our hearts often dance, but hearts filled with courage take the lead.
Give today, and help us build courageous heARTS-- so we can build courage, build community, and build leaders!
This blog is written by our Creative Community Apprentices, members of our Youth Advisory Board, and other occasional guests.