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february, 2016

sun21feb2:00 pm5:00 pmFeaturedDance for Social Change: Raising Student VoicesDancing Grounds2:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST Dancing Grounds, 3705 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

Event Details

FREE at Akili Academy (3811 N. Galvez St.)
Sunday, February 21 2-5pm

Dance for Social Change: Raising Student Voices is an annual leadership summit that brings New Orleans youth artists together to advocate for change and catalyze action through artistic performance. The goals of Dance for Social Change are to:

+ elevate youth voice by building foundational skills in communication, advocacy, and organizing;
+ build a citywide coalition of youth artists and activists who will serve as leaders in social justice;
+ engage students, teachers, parents, and community members in meaningful discussions about designing ideal school communities.

The 2016 summit will take place at Akili Academy in the Upper 9th Ward with 50 youth participants (ages 13-18) and 10 trained facilitators. Prior to the summit weekend, youth will engage in trainings on community organizing and artistic collaboration. Participants will then be split into five small groups with two adult facilitators. On the first day of the summit weekend, each student group will build a site-specific performance piece in a section of the Akili building. On the second day, families, community members, teachers, school administrators, community organizations, activists, and artists will be invited to witness the performances. After the performances, youth leaders will facilitate an open and candid dialogue with key stakeholders including teachers, school administrators, peers, families, and community leaders. The summit will close with a community resource fair where community partners and local nonprofits can share information with parents, families, teachers, and community members.

This program is organized by Dancing Grounds and KM Dance Project. These organizations will create partnerships with other youth-serving organizations to recruit participating youth and identify professional facilitators to guide young people through the process of artistic creation and advocacy.

Schedule of Events:
2 – 3:30pm – Student Performances
3:30 – 4pm – KM Dance Project Performance
4 – 5pm – Community Resource Fair

Partner Organizations:
Akili Academy, Junebug Productions, New Orleans Youth Open Mic, Bard Early College, Big Class, The Cocoon: Youth Empowerment, Arts Council of New Orleans, City of New Orleans, Council Member Nadine Ramsey, Council Member Latoya Cantrell, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Harrah’s Foundation, New Orleans Center of Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans Theatre Association, and Threadhead Cultural Foundation.

This program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered through the Arts Council of New Orleans.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST


Dancing Grounds

3705 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117