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Artists in Action
artists in action

In Artists in Action, students will explore a social issue, create original art, and share with a broader audience.

Artists in Action is a multi-day residency with a teaching artist in the classroom that guides youth inquiry and artistic practice in response to relevant, real-world problems that impact young people. Artists in Action residencies are planned in collaboration with school leaders and youth and result in creative products shared with a wider audience.

Learn more about how the process worked at Anderson High School, where students created anti-vaping memes, here

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Creative Action guides students as they explore a pressing issue:

  • Social media use
  • Body image
  • Hate speech
  • Healthy relationships & consent
  • Truancy
  • Building community
  • Conflict resolution
  • Transition to middle or high school
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Student choice
  • Media literacy
  • Bullying
  • Environmental justice
  • Vaping
  • Other issues relevant to your school community

Professional Teaching Artists collaborate with students to create:

Digital Media:

  • Memes
  • Podcasts
  • Digital stories
  • Short films


  • Role play
  • Playwriting
  • Spoken word
  • Songwriting

Visual arts:

  • Posters
  • Stencils
  • Mural design and/or installation

We partner with campuses to determine how to share to inspire change.

Sample projects include anti-vaping memes shared with teen peers online, community building murals shared with a school or neighborhood, and an original song about healthy relationships shared with peers at school assembly.

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