TAKE A STAND. RISE ABOVE BULLYING.
The You Will Rise Project presents hands-on workshops for middle and high school students who are (or were) victims of bullying. Artists from the community work with students, inspiring them to create raw, uncensored works about their experiences with bullying. The resulting collection, including collaborative installation pieces and individual creations, is presented in a multi-media pop up exhibition that is open to the public. There is no fee to participate in the #ArtAgainstBullying workshops.
“During the You Will Rise Project, I discovered that I am not alone in my struggle with dealing with the repercussions of being bullied. In addition, I discovered that dealing with things through art is extremely effective.” –Jeri Chaffin, YWR workshop participant
“This program taught a handful of outcasted young people with a bad past of being bullied to feel beautiful and gave them the push they needed to stand against bullying for good. The lasting impression for me was that it taught me that I get to control my own life, not the people who torment me.” –Jason Elizondo, YWR workshop participant
“At the exhibition, I saw our students in a new light, proud of the art they made in the workshop and confident in themselves as they presented it to an audience, transformed by their experience” –Anthony Gatto, ACPA Principal
“This project takes the power of art, combines it with the passion of our youth, and creates a way for them to not only express how they feel, but to heal, and to share their pain and their healing with others. The art is raw and yet inspiring. It allows us to look into the mental and emotional state of these young artists, and to catch a glimpse into their process of hurt, healing, and self-reclamation. Simultaneously, the act of creating the art is itself a tool for healing and for education. The finished pieces, whether displayed in a world-class art museum or viewed simply in an online slideshow, are a touchstone for other youth who are experiencing bullying, and a cornerstone for those of us who are working to break the cycle of bullying and begin the cycle of acceptance. This project moves and inspires. This art matters because all of our kids matter.” –Marilyn Brown, County Commissioner