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Meet the 2013 Creative Activists

ArtCorps Friday, October 4th, 2013

Meet the 2013 Creative Activists, Anthony Trecek-King and Karla Lara.

Music is a potent force for sparking our imaginations, connecting us to others and motivating us to do our best (think the Rocky theme song). For our 3rd Annual Creative Activist Awards (drumroll please), we are pleased to honor Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director for the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Karla Lara, Honduran Singer and Human Rights Activist, for using music to creatively advance social change in Boston and Central America.

Their awards will be presented on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at ArtCorps’ annual fundraiser, Raising Spirits: A Masquerade Fiesta.

Read the full press release announcing the 2013 Creative Activists here.

KARLA LARA
Championing a New Kind of Citizenship
Karla Lara, 2013 Creative Activist
Honduran Singer and Human Rights Activist
Listen to her song “Antes del puente” >>
Read Karla’s full bio >>
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ANTHONY TRECEK-KING
Encouraging Voices of All Ages to Reach their Potential

Anthony Trecek-King, 2013 Creative Activist
Artistic Director for the Boston Children’s Chorus
2012 Most Stylish Bostonian
Listen to his Boston TEDx talk >>
Read Anthony’s full bio >>


Victor: The Littlest Changemaker

Isabel Carrio Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Thank you to all of our supporters for helping to prepare young leaders like Victor! The story of “the littlest changemaker” is told by ArtCorps Artist Isabel Carrió, who has worked with Victor and the other ArtCorps’ Youth Leaders in Conservation in Guatemala since January 2012.

ArtCorps Youth Leader in Conservation, Victor, with his self-portrait_ArtCorps Artist Isabel Carrio, GuatemalaIn the first of the ArtCorps’ Youth Leaders in Conservation workshops, Victor was timid and withdrawn. But as the weeks went by, he began to show a new side of himself. Creative activities helped him break through his shell, and Victor began to express himself and engage in the learning process. His reserved manner became one of joy and confidence–and the peers who used to ignore him now admired his work. If he didn’t show up to a workshop session, everyone asked about him.

Over the year, the smallest member has become the group’s natural leader. In August 2012, a portrait taken by Victor was showcased in the Green Week photography exhibit. He is the most creative and passionate participant, and Victor has developed the ability to lead us to places we never dreamed of.

This project is being carried out in collaboration with EcoLogic Development Fund.

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Victor: El Impulsor Más Pequeño del Cambio

Isabel Carrio Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Agradezco a todas nuestras personas de apoyo por ayudar a preparar a los jóvenes líderes como Victor. La historia de “the littlest changemaker” es contada por la Artista Isabel Carrió de ArtCorps que ha trabajado con Victor y los demás Jóvenes Líderes en Conservación de ArtCorps en Guatemala desde enero de 2012.

ArtCorps Youth Leader in Conservation, Victor, with his self-portrait_ArtCorps Artist Isabel Carrio, GuatemalaEn los primeros talleres de los Jóvenes Líderes en Conservación de ArtCorps, Victor era tímido y retraído. Pero a medida que las semanas transcurrían, comenzó a mostrar un nuevo lado de sí mismo. Las actividades creativas lo ayudaron a atravezar la barrera de su coraza y Victor empezó a expresarse y a participar en el proceso de aprendizaje. Su manera reservada se transformó en una de alegría y confianza y los pares que solían ignorarlo, ahora admiraban su trabajo. Si no asistía a una sesión del taller, todos preguntaban por él.

Durante el año, el integrante más pequeño se ha convertido en el líder natural del grupo. En agosto de 2012, un retrato tomado por Victor fue exhibido en la exposición fotográfica de Semana Verde.  Es el participante más creativo y apasionado y ha desarrollado la capacidad para llevarnos a lugares que ni siquiera imaginamos.

Este proyecto se está llevando a cabo en colaboración con el Fondo de Desarrollo EcoLogic.

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Middle Schoolers Begin to See Themselves as Changemakers

Allison Havens Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

As ArtCorps Artist Allison Havens entered her first workshop with Honduran middle schoolers, she wasn’t quite sure what to expect from such a young age group.

I wondered, “Would the activities be too hard, boring, too long for middle school students?” But after the first icebreaker flopped (lining up in order of birth dates), we persevered to end up having a great workshop together!

We discussed what art is, who is an artist and who can be one, and determined that we are each artists in our own unique ways. We proceeded with group map drawings of their community–listing the things they liked about their communities (such as the soccer fields, the school, church, the friendly people) and what they’d like to change or improve in their community (such as the violence and alcohol abuse). We took turns sharing, listening and applauding.

The children began learning how to work in groups and how to be inclusive of everyone’s participation. And they began developing the confidence to create and share with one another. These are some of the foundational lessons as the students begin to view themselves as active members of their communities and participants of change in Tripoli, Atlantida!

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Los estudiantes de enseñanza media empiezan a verse como agentes de cambio

Allison Havens Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

La Artista ArtCorps Allison Havens no sabía bien qué esperar de niños de tan corta edad al empezar el primer taller con alumnos hondureños de enseñanza media.

Me preguntaba: “¿Serán demasiado difíciles, aburridas o largas estas actividades para niños de esta edad?”. Pero tras la primera actividad rompehielos (formar una fila por orden de edad), perseveramos y acabamos teniendo un taller maravilloso.

Debatimos sobre qué es el arte, qué es un artista y quién puede serlo, y llegamos a la conclusión de que todos somos artistas a nuestra manera. Luego dibujamos mapas de la comunidad en grupo, enumerando las cosas que les gustaban de su comunidad (como los campos de fútbol, la iglesia, la gente abierta) y lo que les gustaría cambiar o mejorar (como la violencia o la adicción al alcohol). En turnos, compartimos nuestras ideas, escuchamos y aplaudimos.

Los niños empezaron a aprender a trabajar en grupo y a incluir la participación de todos. Y comenzaron a desarrollar confianza para crear y compartir los unos con los otros. Éstas son algunas lecciones básicas necesarias mientras los alumnos empiezan a verse a sí mismos como miembros activos de sus comunidades y participantes en el cambio en Trípoli, Atlántida.

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