July 31– August 24, 1996
“Mission Voices” blends the interests of youth with art, community involvement and education through an unprecedented collaboration among four Mission District organizations (listed above). The program bridges neighborhoods and cultures by pairing local artists with a diverse group of teens from the participating youth organizations.
The eight-week summer program culminates with an exhibition of students work, with an open at Southern Exposure Gallery. Through the program’s main theme of “youth power,” artists lead students from each organizations in workshops and group projects exploring issues of race, immigration, alternatives to gangs and violence, community responsibility and cultural identity. Artists Juan Fuentes, Erika Olsen Hannes, and Sonja Henderson each lead a group of twelve students from the three youth organizations in projects incorporating drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. During the summer session, the three groups come together to share ideas and create group projects.
Through group activities, field trips and interaction with artists, students in the program develop self-awareness and skills to contribute positively to the community. All of the teens participate in “Mission Voices” are paid for their efforts.