Young people possess clarity and simple wisdom unencumbered by the experiences of adulthood. They see the world and its problems in plain, straightforward ways. With this special quality of youth as the foundation, Vital New Voices puts the following principles into practice...
The core constituency for Vital New Voices are students in fourth grade through high school. The program draws on the energies of youthful creativity, artistic discipline, and community engagement. Each is worthwhile; together, they can achieve meaningful impacts that extend beyond the sum of the parts.
In practice, every implementation of Vital New Voices will have its own special character, theme, and community relevance. To get an idea of what these experiences would be like, consider the basic framework and envision the ways a typical community would put it into action.
A signature characteristic of Vital New Voices will be its boundless variety of formats, themes, participating organizations, and audiences. The possibilities are as expansive as the arts themselves and the themes will span the issues facing individual communities, regions, countries…or the entire world. So, what would such an experience be like?