Performing Arts at SCFFAA

2012 year marked the first year of a Performing Arts Program at SCFFAA specifically for youth (16-21 years old) who are currently in or have been in foster care. This program is designed to make a positive impact on the lives of youth and communities.

Utilizing the creative process, the Performing Arts Program aims to support foster care teens’ efforts to create safe, productive, and independent adult lives. The youth meet to: (1) write and perform an original musical based on their lives and their ideas for change, and (2) create community action projects based on issues that are important. This program is provided at no cost to the participants and selection is not based on talent.

Rehearsals include workshops in diversity, leadership, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and social change, along with training in the performing arts. Ideas and perspectives generated in these issue-oriented workshops provide the raw material for an original full-length musical written and performed by the youth themselves. These performances communicate the reality of the participants’ lives, as well as their vision for change. During the program, participants also create and complete community action projects that will put into action the change they envision for their communities.

For more information about the program, please contact Beth Ryan at beth@scffaa.org.

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