We are in a time and space where instant gratification is what is expected of everything, but the work of social justice coupled with love demands patience. Taking a creative approach to social reform and change opens our understanding to those practical issues confronted by 21st century artists, community facilitators, educators, and policy makers seeking to keep a pulse on the environment. We are challenged to move further beyond categories, the -isms, and the limitations placed on us by various constructs, which oftentimes defer us from mirroring our truths to the world. We shrink back because we believe our authenticity is weak. But it is not that at all…our true self is actually our humanity, something that unifies us with the Other.
How do we show up in the world? What is our personal commitment to self? To the world?
As artists, we understand the ability art has to evoke emotion (i.e. happiness, anger, love, etc.) and with this knowledge we should daily question our purpose to ourselves and to the world. We should show up with diligence and persistence because as we wait patiently for the paint to dry or walk away to reflect on the rhythmic direction of an art piece, we are challenged to focus exclusively on the aesthetics. To present our truth through the artwork with intent and purpose.
As educators, we recognize the importance of integrating whole-brained” instruction within our processes and the severity it has on the future of individuals from marginalized communities. We show up through our interaction with others and actively ensure our impact is a ripple effect large enough for the next generation. This engagement of the minds reflects the importance of creativity and how through discourse of ideas generate the need for new innovation to solve our global problems.
As community facilitators, we reflect on moral issues that arise in particular areas of contemporary culture (e.g., race, class, inequities in education and misperceptions of urban youth, etc.). We show up to analyze and question each individual’s purpose and commitment to the unifying of community.
When these worlds collide, what are the results?
The arts and social justice stand toe-to-toe with one another, requiring new educational models reflective of 21st century thought. So how do we go in the direction of global leadership and nurture international relations with those around us?
YAC alone does not know exactly how to go about this or even where to begin but it must be done. This is our daily chant…
TO LIVE OUT LOUD, PURPOSEFUL AND FEARLESS.