Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to come into contact with hundreds, if not thousands of fantastic social artists. These people are vital to the success of the work that we do.
There are many programs for youth around the world. Sadly, many of these programs fall short of achieving their aims. Bringing about change in society is not an easy task. Lack of engagement or poor leadership can often result in failure to impact on the lives of the young people involved.
At PYE, we’ve found that a committed social artist can be the spark and the glue to drive genuine change. Each creative social artists can effect the lives of hundreds of young people every year. That’s thousands of young people in the course of a lifespan. Given this broad impact, identifying and training social artists has become the root of our mission to inspire social change.
What is a social artist?
A social artist is someone who is part artist, part social-change agent, part facilitator and part visionary. The social artist draws on artistic practice, group dynamics and creative ideas to facilitate change.
Some social artists are already skilled youth facilitators who add an understanding of creative process and the use of the arts to their practice. Others are artists, musicians, poets or actors who decide to use their skills to run programs for youth. Still others are visionary leaders who obtain artistic and facilitation skills to bring new ideas into the public sphere.
Social artists possess three key abilities: deep listening, speaking from the heart, and being fully present. They are catalysts for innovation and action on behalf of all. We believe that the 21st century calls for the kind of creative leadership skills that social artists offer.
Becoming a social artist
Becoming a social artist requires training, practice, and the support of a community. If you’re interested in finding our more about how to become a social artist then feel free to contact us through PYE Facebook, or sign up for one of our upcoming PYE trainings.
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