Awareness through Performance (ATP)

Participants come together to learn about social justice issues and engage in social activism through performing arts. All curriculum is tailored to be both interesting and age appropriate for the specific program participants.

ATP consists of five program phases:

Phase 1: Team Building

Talking about social justice issues can be scary and uncomfortable. Talking about your own experience and opinions about social justice issues is even harder. Team Building activities help participants get to know each other, build trust, and learn to work together. When the time comes to talk about the tough stuff, participants feel more comfortable with the group because of the team building activities.

Phase 2: Social Justice

After trust and a sense of community are established within the group, participants move on to explore social justice issues. With an emphasis on equity, diversity, inclusion, and acceptance, participants are guided through discussions and exciting activities. Topics can include racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, religious discrimination, poverty, homelessness, body image, bullying, kindness, similarities, and differences, among others.

Phase 3: Scene Development

Next, EDIT participants translate what they learned about social justice into scenes and performances pieces. Through creativity, writing, and teamwork, participants work together to develop skits, raps, slideshows, and step routines.

Phase 4: Performance Development

Participants next develop their performing arts skills. Guided activities target performance skills such as stage comfort, voice projection, and acting.

Phase 5: Performance Activism

Each ATP program ends with a final performance. The performances are presented to the participants’ peers, friends, families and communities. Each performance is a form of social action as young people are standing up and speaking out for what they believe in.

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