The Dance Exchange is hosting INSPIRE, a Youth Internship Program supported by Maryland Multi-cultural Youth Centers. In this six-week summer intensive, participants will gain leadership skills, engage in the community and make art in the local environment. This project is led by Wayles Haynes, the Youth Programs Coordinator and Lead Artist of the Teen Exchange at the Dance Exchange. I am a supporting artist offering workshops in art making, community engagement, video and photography
Photos is this gallery are from day one workshop in developing art making and designing activities for community engagement. Facilitation and photos by Alexis.
Inspire is a young adult internship program involving individual mentoring of participants as they develop skills in community engagement, project management, communications and movement based art-making. This multi-layered project results in various outcomes from personal achievement to facilitating public discourse and art-making around shared spaces and ideas. Participants will learn about the many facets of the Dance Exchange from artistry to administration and develop their own practice in how to engage a community around concept-based making. This will come in three main conduits; personal art-making, mentor observed group work and community engagement. ~
Wayles Haynes, Lead Artist and Adjunct Artist with the Dance Exchange
Youth Arts Night at the Dance Exchange.
Teen Exchange hosted Youth artists at Dance Exchange to perform dance, song and poetry.
I have been working closely with Teen Exchange as a mentor / facilitator this year.
Teens from Teen Exchange performed their own original choreography, and they also organized the event and invited the group's who performed.
Members of the Teen Exchange have begun developing choreography for their second Teen choreographed piece of this year's end-of-the year performance.
In this gallery Molly Barth leads her peers through choreography she created for a piece about Beauty, which is being directed by Teen Exchange co-captain Talia Mason. Also, the group rehearses work made in a previous workshop wherein each teen has shared their own choreographic contribution to the larger piece.
Images in this gallery are from the creative convening workshop hosted by the Teen Exchange on Saturday December 11, 2010.
Lead artist Wayles Haynes and I worked together to organize an all day workshop with the Teen X-change, at the Dance Exchange studio in Takoma Park. Teens participated in art making, editing/shooting video for their TX website, dance improvisation and composition work and we worked together on designing and brainstorming plans for some of the collaborative garments that I have begun to explore in my Creative Project for MACA.
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