encouraging young people to find their voice and bring their stories center stage
Julia is available for leading youth workshops that encourage young people to voice their stories through community building and art. Her workshops are informed by the Arts Literacy and Theatre of the Oppressed pedagogy and encourage participants to move around, collaborate, create, and think critically. Please contact Julia to book today.
" Opening plenary program" Tri-State VISTA Conference (2017)
This workshop, which opened up the 2017 Tri-State VISTA Conference for VISTAS in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, used performance and interactive theatre based exercises to encourage deeper exploration of and reflection on conference themes of diversity, equity and inclusion, and intersections of personal and social change.
Co-facilitated by Pangea World Theater artists, Alejandra Tobar-Alatriz, Katia Cardenas, Julia Gay, Jayanthi Kyle, Mollie Lacy, and Sarah Tan.
"Poetry Mural Workshop" Families with Children from Asia Midwest Conference (2016)
This youth workshop for children (ages 6-12) adopted from Asia, explored themes of home and family through community building excercises, poetry writing and mural painting. Participants were invited to decorate a panel of the mural with one of the two poems they developed during the writing exercises. The workshop culminated in a brightly colored mural and a poetry reading that showcased their unique reflections on home and family.
"Arts Literacy: Transformative Education through Empowering Youth Voice" International Roundtable, Macalester College (2015)
This workshop focused on the local—how artists and educators are using Arts Literacy methods to bring out the voices of students in St. Paul Public Schools. With the help of local teaching artists, the workshop introduced the pedagogical approach of Arts Literacy and guided participants through the process of community building, text creating, and performance. This workshop offered an engaging and interactive experience, providing participants with concrete skills for creating educational spaces that promote racial equity and youth voice.