Students work with professional artist-educators with work experience ranging from Cirque du Soleil to Broadway. These professional artists have many years of experience working with young people in the arts and know the power that the arts have to help influence a young person’s life.
Students are encouraged to share their voices and their vision through the medium of art that most speaks to them. Through this exploration, they relay issues that are important to them, and connect them to their art pieces. They collaborate with students from their Sister School to delve more deeply into these issues, and through this partnership, create a greater sense of empowerment and connectedness.
There is a lack of Social Emotional Learning happening in our schools, especially during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Speak Up!” is a solution. This program creates a forum for students to relate and connect with each other, and gives them the opportunity to express how they would like to instill positive change into their lives, their communities, and their world.