EA Youth Express Hopes for the Future through Art
At Educational Alliance’s “Young Voices Through Art” event, youth from downtown Manhattan’s public schools were given a place to showcase their visions of the year 2050.
Lower East Side, NY – Inspired by recent events, students are using art to showcase their hopes and visions for the future. Educational Alliance (EA), a community based organization serving more than 50,000 New Yorkers annually, hosted “Young Voices Through Art: Our Visions of 2050” on the Lower East Side on the evening of Thursday, March 30th at their flagship community center, Manny Cantor Center. The event featured original artwork created by students in Educational Alliance Boys & Girls Clubs programs in elementary, middle, and high schools in lower Manhattan as well as speeches from the young artists addressing community, education, feminism, and environmental issues.
Speaking at the event, Educational Alliance President & CEO Alan van Capelle said, “Every social justice movement has had an artistic component to it. Art has been able to move people to care about an issue and then to act on that issue. All of the young people in this room, all of you, are going to be the problem solvers of tomorrow.”
Students from Educational Alliance Boys & Girls Clubs spoke on the art they created and their hopes for the future. Maylani, one of the young artists, urged attendees of all ages to take action for the things they believe in, saying, “We can continue to complain about what politicians and leaders are doing or we can make changes in our daily lives right now. Change doesn’t just happen at the voting booth. It happens at the checkout counter. It happens at the dinner table. It happens at schools and offices. It even happens in our homes.”