Aug 272009

LAYCEveryDayPeople“To me everybody has a story … Seeking out the story of other people helps remind us that our lives are not that different…” says a DC youth artist in Latin American Youth Center’s Art + Media House.

This summer, LAYC worked with 45 young DC artists to craft public and personal art projects in media, poetry, mosaic, and graffiti as part of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Everyday People explores the background of students’ public projects now found all around Columbia Heights: mosaic at 13th + Irving; graffiti murals at Warder + Otis, and audio stories tucked into the neighborhood’s old corner call boxes.

Click here to see a full photo set from Everyday People on Flickr.

Part of creating the projects included media studies in journalism, media literacy + independence, plus print + broadcast production. After the program is over students say they will continue to carry their work.

“We’re thinking about doing graffiti tours” says one student. “It’s something we can do that people might like to see.”

The art + media house encourages youth to discover the power of their art as a means of self-expression and as a tool for exploring community issues. The creative abilities of youth are developed through hands-on training in media (photography, radio, video, and music production) and fine arts (drawing, painting, mixed media and murals).

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