Youth, Arts and Development
Saturday the 30th of July 2016, marks the culmination of the 2nd Year and launch of the 3rd Year Applied Performing Arts and Arts Management short courses. Peers and families are invited to join in celebrating the difference that this project and its participants are making in our country through the arts. This flagship collaboration between Joburg Theatre’s Youth Development Programme and Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand, was developed from mutual vested interest in youth, arts and development.
Working with 4 youth-led community-based organisations, the project established to build capacity in local youth, supports the enhancement and sustainability of community-based performing arts organisations. The training programme focuses on the business, creative, performance and technical aspects of the organisation’s work to develop the level of professionalism at which these youth-led organisations operate within community settings.
The theoretical underpinnings of the training programme are framed by key principles guiding methods of facilitation, group-based practice, and embodied processes. The Applied Performing Arts and Arts Management training programme employs a developmental approach to its pedagogy and practice that is relevant to local realities, responsive to social contexts, and considerate of organisation capacities and limitations. The integration of community practice informed by cultures and traditions, both locally and beyond, complements the training’s interdisciplinary approach, based on inclusivity and an appreciation of diversity.
Fundamentally, this programme advocates the institution of a rights-based discourse dominated by ideologies supporting a non-discriminatory and inclusive approach to the advancement of youth, art and development in the national transformation project. The Applied Performing Arts and Arts Management training programme creates spaces for participants to share and enhance their knowledge of, and experience in, performing arts disciplines, development approaches, and project management practices within the current local context. This programme aims to inspire and motivate, in participating organisations, an understanding of the value and agency that they hold to effect change.
Date: 30 July 2016
Time: 09:30 for 10:00
Venue: Joburg Theatre