Annual Procession

Our annual procession is an example of how we use art as a form of self-expression. Approximately sixty students are asked to come up with a theme related to something they either want to celebrate or something about which they are unhappy. Our first two themes were hunger, (chosen when the government decided to end the school districts feeding program,) and Girls’ Power and Rights. Our most recent procession was called “Abameli Bemfundo (People Standing Together for Education.) Our students protested the many challenging issues they face within their schools, such as corporal punishment, absent teachers, sexual harassment and abuse by teachers and students, lack of furniture, substandard teaching, and poor facilities. Once a theme is chosen, students are challenged to express their concerns via visual images and performance. We make large-scale puppets, masks, and other props through which they can express their joy or unhappiness.

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Our annual procession is an example of how we use art as a form of self-expression. Approximately sixty students are asked to come up with a theme related to something they either want to celebrate or something about which they are unhappy. Our first two themes were hunger, (chosen when the government decided to end the school districts feeding program,) and Girls’ Power and Rights. Our most recent procession was called “Abameli Bemfundo (People Standing Together for Education.) Our students protested the many challenging issues they face within their schools, such as corporal punishment, absent teachers, sexual harassment and abuse by teachers and students, lack of furniture, substandard teaching, and poor facilities. Once a theme is chosen, students are challenged to express their concerns via visual images and performance. We make large-scale puppets, masks, and other props through which they can express their joy or unhappiness.

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Since ArtWorks for Youth for youth began, its students have expressed themselves around various issues in their own lives. When preparing for a procession, students work together around a common concern and work on ways in which to best express themselves as a group.

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