Program Overview

Clackamas County Arts Alliance’s Youth Arts for Change program uses the arts as a catalyst to open doors for vulnerable and underserved youth, promoting positive change and forging constructive connections between youth and their community.

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, providing an opportunity for youth to share their stories and connect with the community.

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:

Baker Prairie Interview Project

Artistic Minds Project

Youth Theatre for Change Project

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
Charlotte Martin Foundation
Clackamas County
Hoover Family Foundation
Juan Young Trust
Oregon Arts Commission
Reser Family Foundation


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
[email protected]
(917) 721-2739