Arts Education Branch Organizes Youth Creativity Summit with Community Works

LOS ANGELES (February 15, 2018) — The first annual Youth Creativity Summit will be taking place on March 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at SCI-Arc in Downtown Los Angeles. Organized by the L.A. Unified Arts Education Branch and Community Works, this inaugural event will bring together 250 high school students to participate in a day of exploration, art-making and creative problem solving. Partner organizations to provide hands-on workshops, activities and storytelling sessions include Get Lit Words Ignite, Inner-City Arts, LA Commons, LACMA, Las Fotos Project, SPARC, Two-Bit Circus, Versa-Style, WriteGirl / Bold Ink Writers, Young Producers Group, and more.

This event is part of a national series of Youth Creativity Summits organized by Community Works to reframe creativity as a universal tool for problem-solving and future planning. These events will bring together young people for a day of workshops, performances and presentations to explore the role creativity plays in their lives as they look ahead and envision their futures. Driven by the belief that “learning by doing,” the Creativity Summit series is dedicated to working with young people to create engaged, empowered and informed thinkers and leaders.

Other locations for the daylong summits include New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C. The summits will consist of multiple elements – from immersive workshops to engaging panels, all with the goal of connecting participants to their own creativity, no matter how it manifests. The summits will provide young people with the opportunity to hear from creative professionals, and most importantly, to tell their own stories.

The LA Youth Creativity Summit is the first collaborative event between Community Works and the L.A. Unified Arts Education Branch. Community Works is an LA-based, creative youth development organization designed to help students discover the leader in themselves by giving them tools to find solutions to the challenges in their lives and their communities. The Arts Education Branch is committed to developing 21st Century skills by exposing every student to the arts and helping them to find their own creativity through events such as the Youth Creativity Summit.

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