|Our latest ArtVentures program||Artwork by Katie Aboudou and Binta Coulibaly|
When faced with difficult times, we turn to the arts.
Many systemic and social issues have gained renewed visibility in the past year. Artists for Social Change uses the arts to unpack specific social change issues, break down barriers, process collective experiences, and ultimately build agency to address these issues within our communities.
This year we have seen many social issues brought to the forefront, including systemic racism, voter suppression, gun violence, climate change, and the list goes on.
Our work at Carpe Diem Arts has always been focused on creating opportunities for artists of diverse backgrounds to unite, energize and inspire individuals and communities through the arts. We see our role as creating a safe space for personal growth and dialogue, allowing the arts to bring us together, from all backgrounds, ages, and walks of life.
To that end, we are adapting our "ArtVentures" initiative to create an Artists for Social Change program, employing visual, literary and performing artists to serve as guides to others in their learning journey---breaking down barriers, helping individuals and communities build agency, and providing an outlet for creative expression to better understand and reflect the world around us.
If you are interested in participating in Artists for Social Change, either as an artist, workshop participant, or program host, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arts Fuel Change
Our 2022 weeklong camp for middle-schoolers continues our focus on how the Arts plays a role in creating social change.
This year, we will explore issues around the environment and air quality, build an air purifier, play the ukulele, and collaboratively write songs and create visual art to promote change.
Camp runs 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Monday, July 11 through Friday, July 15. Camp location in Old Town Takoma Park.
For more info and registration, click here.
LAST YEAR'S CAMP PROGRAMS
In our 2021 weeklong day camp, youth aged 11-14 investigated issues of Education and Immigration. They discussed inequities in education and explored the intersectionality of education and the American Dream. Campers listened and discussed related youth radio stories, recorded interviews with their parents and their own commentaries. After a brief review of migration from the beginning of man, students investigated reasons for movement, borders and what they mean, and who is allowed and not allowed to move. Throughout the weeklong camp, art and its ability to shape opinion in various forms was discussed, created, and the youth wrote their own song about the American Dream and what it means to them today. Featuring Denise Jones and Munit Mesfin.