About:

"Youth & Seniors Sharing Stories, Recycled Mask Project" is a powerful, multi faceted art education program that seeks to facilitate, establish, cultivate pan generational connection and empathy between youth and the elderly/seniors in our community through the power of sharing stories/oral history/inter-generational dialogues -- transformed/reconfigured into mask art using recycled materials.

The project configures by pairing youth from local youth organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, and The Center with senior citizens from local Senior Centers to concept, create, and complete one fully realized mask art creation together based on the shared life story of the elderly/seniors.

"Youth & Seniors Sharing Stories, Recycled Mask Project" is a humanitarian civic engagement project weaving together two ends of time spectrum through the universal language of art and narrative; masks as symbol of identity. Youth and senior pairings get to activate their creative sides to concept a mask design (reiterating oral narrative) based on a shared story from the senior followed by "team mask making workshop" using provided recycled materials. Additionally, the project employs strong "green" component, promoting recycling and environmental sustainability.

In connecting youth and seniors through story and art, the project aims to cultivate altruism/power of giving/compassion through artistic exchange, to educate/advocate recycling through creativity, to promote important dialogues about origin/identity, and to foster pan-generational bond between youth and the elderly in our community.


Project Partners:

- HILITEHEAD LLC. (main moderating entity)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
- Girls Inc. of Metro Denver
- The Center
- Senior Center's/Adult Day Care Facilities
- Denver recycling center’s to collect workshop materials from.


Host Worksop Venue:

- Each "Youth & Seniors Sharing Stories, Recycled Mask Project" mask workshop will take place at specifically allocated Senior Center’s within the 11 Denver Council District areas. The partnering youth organizations and project moderator (Eriko Tsogo) will be coming to the seniors to complete the workshop due to reasons of mobility and respect.

- Completed mask artworks will be exhibited in final project exhibition at TBD venue after end of project tour.


Vision Elements:

INTEGRATION + AMPLIFICATION + LIFELONG LEARNING + COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP + ACCESSIBILITY: "Youth & Seniors Sharing Stories, Recycled Mask Project" utilizes art, culture, pan-generational oral history, sharing stories, collective leadership and capacity building by pairing and collaborating with local youth organizations and senior centers to activate/educate/amplify/diversify marginalized neighbourhoods in 3 of 11 Denver City Council Districts through the power of art (mask making) and empathy.

"Youth & Seniors Sharing Stories, Recycled Mask Project" uses the power of storytelling, sharing stories, art, writing, recycling and environmental sustainability to help bridge pan-generations/two ends of the time spectrum; bringing different communities and ages together to learn from one another.

The project promotes pan-generational education, exchange, understanding, cultural inclusivity, encouraging power in diversity and identity through the universal language of art and oral history. The project celebrates togetherness, community, diversity, promoting empathy, connection, altruism, giving back and inspiring social change.

Bridging Cultures is a free, 6 hour socially engaged art workshop event dedicated to eradicating social barriers through the power of art, community and empathy, thereby celebrating kinship across our sameness in humanity.

Artists Eriko Tsogo will individually host project workshop at each collaborating stops/Denver host youth/senior venue locations.




Interested in hosting "Youth & Seniors Sharing Stories, Recycled Mask Project" at your organization?

Please contact erdensyren@yahoo.com for information.

 
 
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