It’s an exciting time for Youth Arts for Change! We had one of our most successful Youth Theatre for Change projects this summer, Comics Group kicked off in September in Oregon City, and planning is full steam ahead for January’s Interview Project in Canby.
Youth Theatre, led by CCAA’s Board President Kirk Mouser, heralded a number of exciting firsts: the workshops were held on the Clackamas Community College campus, the moving final performance was directed by one of the students and it was performed at the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College to our largest audience yet!
Our Comics Group project, led by local illustrator Ryan Tanner-Alexander, teaches illustration and narrative skills to teen boys at Parrot Creek Ranch. Comics Group not only teaches youth about illustration, but also provides them with creative and expressive skills to use as they move forward in life and make positive choices and consider future possibilities.
Baker Prairie Middle School’s Interview Project will hold an informational meeting soon and begin its second season in January 2016. This project, led by artist Reeva Wortel, engages Canby youth in exploring issues important to them through interviewing and photographing individuals from their community. The students will learn important communication and visual arts skills, but also connect with their community. The narratives and portraits created during the project will be assembled into a final mixed media installation for display at the school. Both the Comics Group and Interview Projects will conclude with a final presentation and exhibition for students, families, teachers and invited guests—giving the youth an exciting opportunity to display their amazing work!