Dare to Dream Youth Media Arts Project.

“The youth is the hope of our future.” – Jose Rizal

dare to dream youth mediaThe Things Are Changing Production’s “Dare to Dream Project” is a youth media program started in 2008 as an annual media arts initiative for New York City youth developed by Joél Mejia. The program is a way to provide adolescents and young adults with hands-on artistic training and opportunities for creative expression. The themes covered in the workshops and after school activities include cultural identity, media literacy, environmental conservation, bi-lingual communication, music, dance, community building as well as understanding what it means to be a global citizen. Youth arts non-profits will forge a consistent connection between organizations by sharing music, art and videos with each other.

2014-2015 Dare to Dream Video-Pal Program

This year’s Cultural Exchange/ Video-Pal Project is a dynamic media arts initiative for Brooklyn and international spanish speaking youth developed by mentors Joél Mejia and Katy Walker. This initiative facilitates a cultural connection between American and Central American youth to specifically encourage communication and discovery between their communities and their natural environments. The four week curriculum noticeably improves communication, geography, literacy, and creative skills; we use the exposure to photographs, documentaries, and other important cultural elements of their pen-pals, so they may learn about the different issues that affect their lives as members of their community and as the future generation on this planet. For the initial three to four week period and then once a month after for a year, participants are required to develop and create short video diaries, 2 to 5 minutes long, with the goal of sharing with their “pen pal” various aspects of their lives and answering questions each may have for the other. The videos will be hosted on the program’s Youtube channel and Tumblr blog. The initial video diaries will be with the assistance of Katy and Joél, but the goal is to empower them to create their own videos and maintain the connection between friends across the world.

RHAPnewLogo08_smTAC & participants from Red Hook Art Project will kick off the workshop. Using GoPro cameras, they will create videos to be shared with “video pals” from youth serving organizations in Nicaragua.

RHAP’s mission is to help children and youth who have shown previous dedication to their talent to develop their self-esteem, self- expression, creativity, and responsibility through mentor relationships with working artists, musicians, and writers.


atelier-favelaAtelier Favela in Nicaragua is a humanitarian organisation that supports the poverty-stricken children of Ticuantepe Nicaragua. Through lessons in Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Circus and Capoeira at our cultural centre we hope to stimulate personal development in our students. In this way these children can grow up to become independent adults with a future in the arts or whatever their passion may be.
RHAP will be sharing their videos with participants from Nicaragua in January 2015.

Interested in learning more? View the program documentation.
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