Arts to Advocacy

SchoolTalk's Arts to Advocacy Team work with D.C. students to produce music and video.SchoolTalk’s Arts to Advocacy initiative supports the successful transition of D.C. high school students with disabilities by providing opportunities for youth to use art as a vehicle to advocacy. We believe art gives every youth a voice and facilitates connections like no other medium. Through art, youth build competencies to live a full life. Arts to Advocacy is aligned with the Creative Youth Development National Partnership Framework.

Programs


Voices of Change

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Music Production & Career Development Program

Konshens the MC performs.SchoolTalk’s Music Production & Career Development Program engages D.C. youth in hands-on music production experiences. Accepted students form a small group focused on learning the essentials of songwriting, audio and music production, and the music industry. Participants receive career coaching in music production from working artists and career development opportunities from SchoolTalk staff, including creating employment portfolios, resumes, headshots, and more.

In-School Arts & Skill-Building Workshops

A SchoolTalk Arts to Advocacy youth learns about careers in photographyEvery fall, SchoolTalk’s Arts to Advocacy initiative offers in-class youth arts and skill-building workshop series. Schools and teachers are able to request these in-class series, which include five to six sessions per topic. We specialize in being flexible to fit school, teacher, and student schedules. Sessions are available in-person, virtually, or hybrid.

Youth Art Gallery

Check out our gallery of art that D.C. youth have made through Arts to Advocacy programming.

Vision

Art gives every youth a voice. Art facilitates connections like no other medium.

Mission

Use art as a vehicle to advocacy… Through art, youth build competencies to live a full life.