Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities
Teen Leaders in the Arts
$25,000 • Grand Rapids
Teen Leaders in the Arts focused on the history and experiences of Latino youth in Grand Rapids, specifically centered on the Roosevelt Park neighborhood. This project built upon the Teen Leaders’ community and youth engagement projects on the topics of neighborhood and community history, self-identity, and media literacy. Teens in the program created a series of media and art projects around the themes of racial and ethnic equity, cultural identity, and local history. This included video productions, audio podcasts, murals, public art projects, photography, and social media campaigns. These media projects have become a permanent part of the Grand Rapids Public Library’s Latino archive. They also took a field trip to the DIA’s exhibit of the works of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to learn more about the history of Latino artists and their impact on communities and perceptions of Latino people.
Participants in the Teen Leaders in the Arts program take a minute to pose for a photograph.