CREATIVITY IN QUARANTINE
Since closing our Youth Center, we've moved our programming online.
Engaging our young artists on social media and Instagram has opened up a world of new opportunities for connection, collaboration, creativity, and employment. This page is a small window into our life together while sheltering in place.
Our online community is a lifeline of friendship, stability, and hope for youth who are struggling to understand the rapidly changing world they find themselves in and their own place within it.
We listen to these beautiful people, hold the questions with them, and try to be worthy of their trust and friendship.
Art & Conversation
Staff and youth leaders host events during the week via Instagram Live. Our youth community joins in to chat, share their music, and engage in important conversation about art, culture, and life.
Weekly programming changes based on youth interests and input.
Creative challenges, posted by staff and youth, offer a platform for young people to voice what's on their minds and share their art with the community on a variety of relevant themes, for example: what they carry, who they miss, what they're thankful for, or a significant song that has impacted them.
In the "Still I Rise" Challenge, youth downloaded a beat and sent videos with a "clean 16 bars" of music on the theme of overcoming.
In the "I Carry" Challenge, they texted and emailed poems on the topic.
Question of the Day
Youth interns jump start conversations online and help to keep peers connected.
Upstar TV was launched by youth who wrote grants and raised $10,000 to fund the program in 2019. Youth leaders host Q&As to talk to our community artists, musicians, and leaders about what they're creating while sheltering in place and what's inspiring them. To see other Upstar Episodes, check out our YouTube channel here.