Art of Growing Leaders

We can do it better!

College-bound students leaving us inspired with this collective poem from their boot camp at the Advocate Center with ArtWell teaching artists: I can share my own opinion, We can respect each other’s viewpoints even if we don’t agree. I can learn, We can learn at our own pace. I can create change, We can make an impact. I can give back to […]

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This is the best thing I’ve ever done!

This is the best thing I’ve ever done! Overheard during printmaking in The Art of Growing Leaders program at Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc. / Southwark The Art of Growing Leaders is an expansion of The Art of Growing Up® program, ArtWell’s long-running rites of passage module. Through mask-making, poetry and multi-disciplinary arts, students build trust with […]

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AGL Published in Journal of Applied Arts & Health

The art of growing leaders: Supporting identity and leadership development through arts-based self-expression Authors: Junkin, Janelle; Kaimal, Girija; Terry, Julia; Smith, Kris Source: Journal of Applied Arts & Health, Volume 7, Number 3, 1 December 2016, pp. 327-345(19) Publisher: Intellect Abstract: This article presents findings from the evaluation of a year-long urban-school arts programme called the […]

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Teaching Artists Guild launches new online resource library

The Teaching Artists Guild recently launched Centering the Work, a new online crowd-sourced arts education and social justice repository celebrating best practices, practitioners and projects from all over the country to serve as beacons, inspirations and support for expanding the work from the margins to the mainstream. Centering the Work was spearheaded by members of the […]

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Sunrise/AGL students produce short film “Polluted World”

“Polluted World” is a short film written, directed and starring middle school students who participated in the Art of Growing Leaders (AGL) summer program at Sunrise of Philadelphia. AGL program students are tasked with using various art forms to carry forward their advocacy and activism as it relates to their chosen social action project. A preceding and key […]

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Let us walk! Youth address street harassment

Let Us Walk: Girls Against Street Harassment Over the spring (2016), through a partnership between the Art of Growing Leaders and the Camp Sojourner Girls’ Leadership Camp, a group of youth participants launched the “Let Us Walk” social action project using guerilla-style art and community activism to voice their thoughts and opinions on street harassment. As part of the […]

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What would you say to a police officer?

Guest Blog by Teaching Artists: Sara Graybeal, Rebeccah Ulm, and Kris Smith What would you say to a police officer? This is the question that middle school students at Southwark School have chosen to wrestle with for their creative action project as part of The Art of Growing Leaders (AGL) program. Beginning in October 2015, in partnership […]

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Vote for Our Project on GOODMaker to Help us Receive $2,500 to Fund Our Art of Growing Up Program

Exciting news! We have a new GOODMaker Project for $2500 in order to fund and implement a 14-week Art of Growing Up Program. We need your support to receive the funding to serve more girls and meet this urgent need! According to a recent article in the Huffington Post by Soraya Chemaly, “New data from a national survey conducted […]

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