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 a variety of art forms and media. 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 and multimedia art projects. The thread tying the project together was a shared desire to document a variety of immigration and life stories from local residents, in their own words.
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
All photos and logo by Arts Street@YEA Youth Artists
About Arts in Society
Since 2016, Arts in Society has been funding individuals, grants, schools and government entities, with two-year grant awards of up to $50,000 per project. In addition to funding, grantees receive training, professional development, and marketing/social media support. Funding is offered to projects in Colorado that are working collaboratively and utilizing the arts as an integral element for promoting social justice and community welfare.
Arts in Society is funded through a cohort of Colorado funders. 2019 funding partners include Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Hemera Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries . Funds and support are administered via RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver.
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