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Strengthening Youth Leadership

Transforms Communities

Our Mission

The Performance Project is an arts community of many ages and ancestries that engages young people in intensive artistic training, inter-generational mentoring, leadership development, and community building through the arts.

Our Vision

The Performance Project envisions a world in which all people strive for personal and social liberation, where all individuals and cultures are honored, embrace interconnectedness, and we all are free to achieve our full potential.


We recognize that we are all learning from each other

 We draw upon the many skills within our group

 We encourage healthy risk taking

 We nurture youth leadership

 We form life-long caring relationships over multiple generations

 We build capacity within the group, so that youth can support and mentor each other

 We claim a public voice and seek opportunities for civic engagement


We are committed to artistic excellence

 We are committed to quality artistic training with talented professionals

 We set the bar high and members experience the benefits of an intense work ethic

 We ask a level of commitment that stretches most youths’ experience

 The high quality of our artistic work opens doors, creating opportunities for members

 We claim a public artistic voice and seek opportunities for civic engagement


We engage in self-education, analysis, dialogue, and coalition building

 We develop critical thinking skills and global awareness

 We support members to commit to their education, four-year college, and beyond

 We spend time on college campuses and traveling

 We seek every opportunity for access

 We create art that connects the personal to systemic and global issues

 We claim a public voice and seek opportunities for civic engagement