From Creativity to Social Change: The Power of the Arts and Curbing Apathy in Youth
The apathy of American youth is all too real and prevalent in society and the arts more then any other area of education has the power to help students find their voice in the local, national, and global communities. Whether through dance, creative writing, theatrical performance, or art exhibitions students can learn to tap into their inner creativity to make a change in society. Research suggests that using the arts as a vehicle for social change can create a lasting and meaningful experience for youth. The focus of this workshop will on the tools art educators can use to help students look beyond their classroom and into the larger community to create social change. Focus will be given to Service Learning with an emphasis in the Arts in helping students rethink their pre-conceived ideas of community service and move to deeper more meaningful experiences with the arts that elicit social change. Specific techniques for the individual areas of art, theatre, music, and dance will be addressed.
Keywords: Arts, Youth, Social Change
Amber Hutchison Hutchison
Teacher, English/Language Arts, Salem High School