Students are usually aware of the abuse of power and favoritism in society, but often feel powerless to do anything about it. Using art as a form of expression allows them to explore their ideas, portray problems, visualize solutions, and experience them as if they were already happening. Art can be seen as a dress rehearsal for transforming society.
- Show the following video or other examples of how young people have used art to speak out. http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuBxl364Ft0&noredirect=1
- Discuss the role of art in youth culture, films. Give examples of other settings in which art is used effectively by students.
- Split the group into teams of 6 – 8 people.
- Ask each team to discuss the role of power and privilege in modern society. Where is this evident and what are the key visible components?
- Through art, such as theater or a video, have each team express their views on the issues of power and privilege discussed and show proposed solutions.
Helping students and their teachers or supervisors use art for social change.
Students learn to use art to explore social issues and propose solutions in a form that is easy to understand and has a great impact on the audience.