Art of Growing Leaders

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 one another and explore their identity and aspirations, inspired by cross-cultural coming of age traditions. Later in the program, students identify their unique strengths as leaders and work together on a social action project using art for advocacy and activism.

Partners can select either the rites of passage or leadership development components or choose a year-long program with both. Participant groups may be single or mixed gender.

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Students at the rites of passage ceremony and celebration they designed themselves inspired by traditions from around the world.
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AGL student showing off a mask designed by reflecting upon his strengths and dreams for his future. Photo above: Haigen Pearson
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Artwell students from LaSalle Academy created a mural about how racism affects our city and our neighborhood, 2015. Photo above: Kara Foran

Additional AGL program news and student project stories



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  • We offer fee-for-service options for our workshops, which allow us to ensure a more immediate partnership. We also offer grant-funded workshops at no cost to groups and organizations when available. Paying at the higher end of the spectrum supports ArtWell's ability to provide arts-based programming for youth and to work with other groups/organizations at little to no cost. We are happy to work with your group/organization to figure out strategies to raise/leverage financial resources.
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