Arts leadership development and self-expression opportunities for Atlanta teens

About the Project

VOX is metro Atlanta’s home for uncensored teen publishing and self-expression. We connect metro Atlanta teens to resources for building their confidence, increasing their capacity to meet life’s demands and ensuring their future success.  

Atlanta thrives when its teens are engaged and valued and VOX knows that the arts contribute to creating a rich and diverse community. We see the power of the arts to serve as a springboard for action and advocacy around issues impacting the community as teens are given the opportunity to express themselves and engage in conversation around topics like race, gender, HIV/AIDS and teen dating violence. VOX also uses the arts as a way to prepare teens for life after high school.  

Art at VOX includes:
-Arts coverage opportunities: VOX teen staff members experience art as reviewers as they attend art exhibits, concerts, and theater and then publish about those experiences (“The Prom” at the Alliance Theatre, “The Rise of the Sneaker Culture” at the High Museum, “Roots” at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights).
 -Arts field trips: Teen staff members travel to art exhibits in Atlanta as a group (WonderRoot, Atlanta Youth Film Festival, press conference for the Basquiat and Vik Muniz exhibit at the High).
-Arts workshops: Teen staff members participate in workshops at VOX to learn arts-related skills (audio editing with WABE, music review workshop, screening of “Atlanta” and how to write TV reviews).
-To Wander With Words: In partnership with Charis Books & More, this monthly writers’ group helps teens develop their creative nonfiction writing for a variety of platforms, including college admission and scholarship essays.
-Atlanta Word Works workshops: These twice-monthly writing workshops explore themes such as arts and activism, politics and gender issues. Teens are supported by teaching artists in developing content.
-Open mic nights: Our quarterly open mic nights are free and open to the metro Atlanta community.
-Poetry slams: Our yearly poetry slams determine the team who will represent the city of Atlanta at Brave New Voices, the international youth poetry slam competition .
-Digital and print publishing: We publish three print editions each year, as well as daily content online. All publishing includes an arts component.
-Community events: VOX community events include speak-out stations for teens to create art and share their views and ideas.  

The arts are vital to Atlanta teens developing as thinkers and leaders. In the short-term, teens develop skills like photography and critiquing art. VOX’s print and digital publishing increases the exposure of teens to the arts. In the long-term, teens exposed to the arts develop critical-thinking skills and the ability to communicate their unique perspective. Teen audiences will grow into adult patrons of the arts, recognizing the importance the arts played in their lives as young people.  

Funding will go to support programming specifically in the City of Atlanta. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the City of Atlanta and will go directly to cover these costs:
-Field trips: $500
-MARTA (for teens to get to and from VOX's downtown newsroom): $1,500
-Healthy snacks & meals: $1,000
-Program supplies: $750
-Supplies for community events: $750
-Teen leadership stipends (for editorial interns): $2,000
-Program staff time to execute all activities: $3,500

Thank you to all of our donors and the City of Atlanta for your support of Art at VOX and our work to develop young artist leaders.


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