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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth Kramer

Citywide for Teens: Community Arts Reporting Program • March 26 Registration Deadline

Arts Angle Vantage launched an unprecedented opportunity for teens with its Arts Angle Vantage Community Arts Reporting Program this spring.

Our local organization, dedicated to elevating art, journalism and youth voices as part of civic participation, is collaborating with Louisville Metro Government's Parks and Recreation and Fund for the Arts with an opportunity to report on creative endeavors evolving in the city’s community centers as part of the inaugural HeARTs initiative.

This program will guide two teams of youth in recognizing surprising and newsworthy stories arising in programs at participating community centers and reporting on them. March 26 is the deadline to register for the Arts Angle Vantage teams using the registration form.

Each participant will attend seven sessions over a five-week period and be awarded a certificate upon completion. This opportunity is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

The Arts Angle Vantage teams will meet at the following community centers.

• South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Blvd.

• Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center, 607 South 37th St.

HeARTs — launched in 2022 by the Mayor of Metro Louisville — partners with Fund for the Arts and Louisville Orchestra to offer programs throughout the community. This initiative aims to bring the healing power of the arts and incorporate local artists’ and organizations’ strengths to nurture unity in our community.

Through HeARTs, Louisville Metro Government’s Parks and Recreation and Fund for the Arts offer more than a dozen creative programs in nearly all Metro Community Centers and other neighborhood organizations throughout the city led by almost 20 teaching artists. Community centers have chosen these artists and programs, which include a range of disciplines including dance, digital arts, and theater for all ages, to serve specific needs. The program also compensates participating artists and organizations, providing them with important support.

Studies have documented art as a powerful tool to promote empathy, conflict resolution, and positive mental health. Now, the HeARTs initiative brings the healing power of the arts and incorporates local artists’ and organizations’ strengths to nurture unity in our co

Arts Angle Vantage gives youth from diverse backgrounds access to the arts and empowers them to use their voices to create public service arts journalism. An overarching goal is to nurture citizenship and build an equitable and creative community. Like the aims of HeARTs, these efforts intend to encourage community cooperation.

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