The PYE Global Gathering

At PYE we have one goal: to unleash the purpose, power and potential of youth and adults around the world.

PYE are currently helping to run empowerment projects in the UK, Brazil, USA, Canada, Colombia, India, Uganda and South Africa. To help us spread our model of work, the Creative Community Model, as far and wide as possible we partner with local youth-serving organizations who have a deep understanding of the local community and the problems that are faced by young people in the area. The model is then adapted to the local need and run in a way that will bring the most positive impact.

After a few years of seeing the amazing ways that the Creative Community Model is being used, we decided that the time was right to take on the ambitious task of bringing together the core program organizers, facilitators and social artists from each organization to learn from each other, exchange ideas and grow together.

In July 2013, 90 incredible social artists gathered together on Whidbey Island, WA, USA for a week long residential camp. The results were over-whelming. It was a magical and inspiring week with songs and movement activities from around the world, deep discussion around areas of oppression, sustainability and fundraising, with powerful talks from guest speakers and community members. Each person brought their own unique ideas and skills to the event and it was exciting to see people connecting and sharing wisdom that will help to strengthen the work and practices in each region.

There were several highlights from the event. Deepa Narayan, PYE Advisory Board member and project director of the 15 country World Bank study ‘Moving out of Poverty: Understanding Freedom, Democracy and Growth from the Bottom Up,’ led a plenary session on improving our relationship with money which many people found deeply inspiring and liberating, while Shakti Butler, Founder and Creative Director of World Trust led a dynamic and moving session on racial equity.

Adam Rosendahl, who attended Creative Community camps as a youth and now facilitates with our US program, led an evening session of LATE NITE ART, a collaborative social art event which has been run in several countries around the world and which is designed to bring people together to allow them to take creative risks and experiment with their creativity in a safe and supportive environment.

If you or your organization would like to be part of the global movement to spread creativity and create safe, supportive environments where young people and adults can prosper and develop, contact katie@pyeglobal or take a look at our upcoming trainings.

Here are some of our favourite photos from the event:

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