The Arts Street at Youth Employment Academy (YEA) Journey to Unity project was selected for an Arts in Society grant in 2017.
The collaborative endeavor was created by Denver area high school-aged youth in the summer of 2018. By learning new skills, building on intrinsic strengths and working with local mentors and community groups, the Arts Street@YEA Summer Interns worked together, exploring the potential to change negative opinions and strengthen positive perceptions about immigration in our shared communities through the medium of a new podcast, which can be accessed on their website. The podcast showcases stories from local residents about their personal experiences of immigration, finding home and creating community.
By partnering with local nonprofit community outreach organization (and fellow Arts in Society grantee) Birdseed Collective in Globeville, and Denver Housing Authority, Arts Street Summer Interns experimented with a variety of artistic mediums and tools, ranging from storytelling with podcasts to community service to multimedia art projects. The thread tying the project together was a desire to document a variety of immigration and life stories from local residents, in their own words.
Summer interns utilized the free StoryCorps app to interview an inter-generational group from the local community, and called it the Journey to Unity podcast.
The new podcast promotes empathy and understanding for those who have little or no voice in the overall immigration discussion currently happening in the United States of America.
You can listen to the podcasts recorded created by Arts Street@YEA Summer Interns in 2018 on their new website and you should check back frequently for updates as it is a work in progress: http://journey2unity.weebly.com/
- as told by Liliana Frappied, age 17, Arts Street@YEA Summer Intern, Cohort 2
- as told by Bryant DeLeon-Rodriguez, age 15, Arts Street@YEA Summer Intern, Cohort 1
Photos and logo by Arts Street@YEA Youth Artists