MGR Youth Rally is today at Brashear HS
Today, Tuesday, Aug. 5, more than 400 students of all ages from across Pittsburgh will gather at Pittsburgh Brashear High School to participate in the 2014 MGR Youth Rally for Change.
Now in its eighth year, the assembly will aim to confront the issues and topics most important to youth of some of the city’s most distressed areas.
All summer, students have been working at using music, art, drama, dance, and media to explore issues of violence, community, the environment, and cultural injustice. Through the MGR Youth Rally for Change, students will learn how to take a stand for justice and harness their youth voice, rallying together and using art as a vehicle to express their ideas and concerns.
Partnering with the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy as well as other youth development organizations in the city, the MGR Youth Rally for Change helps bring together communities as well as empower Pittsburgh youth to create dialogue and change in their home town.
The MGR Youth Rally for Change is part of MGR’s year-round “Arts in Action” initiative. The program serves to empower youth to advocate for change in their schools and communities through music, art, drama, dance, and media.
Through exploration of the power of youth voice, participants learn to advocate and organize for social change through art, resulting in creative action and justice for themselves and their communities. Arts in Action connects community artists with some of the city’s most under-resourced members, helping them address tough issues they are faced with on a daily basis.