Youth Arts For Change


A Comics Group student inks his artwork. (Photo credit: Jennifer Kilmurray)


Program Overview

Youth Arts for Change gives teens an opportunity to share their story via theatre, writing and/or visual art. Through a series of workshops, participating teens collaborate with professional teaching artists to create an original play or art exhibit. Each project culminates in a public presentation and celebration.

Youth Arts for Change is the Arts Alliance’s signature project to address the needs of underserved youth. Since 2011, the program has engaged more than 135 Clackamas County teens and 500 audience members.

Youth Arts for Change includes 3 main projects:

We have 7 goals for participating teens:

  • Build positive relationships & teamwork
  • Boost confidence, communication & creative thinking
  • Connect with the community
  • Discover hidden strengths & talents
  • Experience a safe setting to learn new skills & grow
  • Explore creative outlets & career opportunities
  • Share what matters with an appreciative audience

We’re grateful for the support of our fantastic funders:

autzen foundation

Logo - Oregon Arts Commission OAC

Logo - Juan Young Trust

Logo - Clackamas County

“Longitudinal research shows that at-risk youth who have access to the arts tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement”
(Click here for full article.)

Youth Arts for Change is always growing! If you’re curious about getting involved in a current project–or you’d like to propose a new opportunity or partnership–please contact:

Lisa Smith
Youth Arts for Change Program Coordinator
(917) 721-2739