Guiding Principles

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...

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How the program works

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.

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Partnership roles

We believe that this initiative can accomplish many good things for communities. Well-conceived collaborations usually do. Here are some ways that partnerships could work to make it happen.

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The working model

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.

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The experience

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?

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