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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.

Inter-Generational / Inter-Cultural Mentoring Community

We recognize that we are all learning from each other
We draw upon the many skills within our group
We build capacity within the group so that members become each other’s support and mentors.
We nurture youth leadership
We encourage healthy risk taking
We form life-long caring relationships over multiple generations
We claim a public voice and seek opportunities for civic engagement

Artistic Training / Cultural Activism

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 youth’s experience (time, energy , duration of projects)
We encourage healthy risk taking
The high quality of our artistic work opens doors and creates opportunities for members
We claim a public voice and seek opportunities for civic engagement

Social Justice / Community Engagement

We engage in self-education, analysis, dialogue, and coalition building
We develop critical thinking skills and global awareness
We support members to identify and commit to ambitious education and professional goals
We spend time on college campuses and traveling
We find every opportunity for access
We create performances and visual art that connect the personal to systemic and global issues
We build leadership
We claim a public voice and seek opportunities for civic engagement