Art. Educate. Activate. Artivism is a program designed, led, and inspired by our young people. In the summer of 2016, during
nationwide protests to police brutality, the youth at Big Thought wanted to be the change. They took the lead and created
Artivism, giving our youth dynamic opportunities to engage with and advocate for their community. Together, let’s continue
to explore the external and internal connections we have to our community— embracing bold conversations and creatively
Youth grapple with issues of social injustice every day. Derived from the same students who walked out of their school doors
protesting unhealthy and unsafe learning conditions, the young people of Oak Cliff have a history of addressing and rejecting
inequity. We are so excited to host Artivism programming in partnership with For Oak Cliff, the Dallas mecca for youth advocacy
work. Thanks to community support, this program is provided free of charge and will take place on Monday/Wednesday from 4:00pm-6:30pm
from February 20th
- May 17th at For Oak Cliff. Monthly off-campus field trips may be on or different from usual programming dates and times. Field trip information will be provided to Artivism youth and their families at least 2 weeks before the field trip is set to take place. The final week of the program will be May 22nd
-27th, and it will serve as our
preparation week for the end of year showcase. The tentative end of year showcase date is Saturday, May 27th.
Youth will collaborate and work individually within the Visual or Performing Arts Track. The Visual Track
will expose Artivism youth to the art of photography, textiles, digital and traditional painting and design. The Performing Arts
Track will consist of music production, traditional drumming, movement, and spoken word.
Each week of the month will have
an overarching primary focus and will go as follows:
Youth-Led Discussion & Issue Awareness: Youth will gain a deeper understanding about the implications of different social
issues and engage in brave, solution-oriented conversations with Artivism Teaching Artists and their peers.
Informed Creative Action: Youth will use what they've learned to inform and inspire change within their community through
Service-Learning and Creative Enrichment: In partnership with local artists and community organizations, Artivism youth will
engage in off-campus, culturally relevant service activities and art projects that address community needs.
Project Based Learning: Under the mentorship of the Artivism team, youth will work as individuals to design a final project
response to a societal issue of interest or importance in their lives. Final projects will be judged at the end of year showcase in
May by activist and artists in the community.
The program consists of monthly themes that will guide youth engagement. Those monthly themes are as follows:
Converse: Art, Activism & Allyship
Connect: Creative Community Organizing
Respond: Civic Engagement & Political Reform
Feel: Community Healing & Resilience