TEEN ART FOR CHANGE MOVEMENT
"An authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better that we found it." - Pope Francis
We know that many youth today are already engaged at some level in the work toward building a more loving and just society. Globally, we have seen youth sounding the alarm on climate change and demanding immediate action to protect our common home before it’s too late. In 2018, after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, we saw the start of the “Never Again” movement, challenging leaders to do more to prevent gun violence. Most recently, we see youth on the streets using their voice to affirm the equal dignity and value of Black lives. What we don’t see enough of is more faith-based movements that fight for life, justice, and peace. Most of the culture knows about Catholic social justice movements like the March for Life, where thousands of teens descend every year onto Washington DC to march for the rights of the unborn and for the protection and wellbeing of mothers in crisis pregnancies. As Catholics, however, we must stand up for life from womb to tomb! As Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et exsultate,
"Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection."
That’s why at St Anthony we want to start a movement of youth leveraging their creativity to facilitate social change that is rooted in the Gospels and Catholic social teaching. Continue reading to learn more about how we're ministering to youth passionate about making a difference.
CATHOLIC ART FOR JUSTICE RETREAT
“Architects and painters, sculptors and musicians, filmmakers and writers, photographers and poets, artists of every discipline, are called to shine beauty especially where darkness or gray dominates everyday life”
- Pope Francis
CALLING ALL TEEN CREATIVES! Find the inner artist in you while doing faith-based social justice.
The Catholic Art for Justice retreat for teens is a day of prayer, community, learning, and making Catholic art for social justice. This year (2021), the retreat includes presentations, personal reflection time, small group discussions, and a guided art activity facilitated by Cleveland-based artist, Chloe Becker. Participants will be introduced to multiple art mediums that can be used to talk about social justice. No experience necessary. All skill levels welcomed!
The purpose of this retreat is to provide teens with the time, space, guidance, and inspiration to create a piece of art that they might want to submit for the Teen Art for Change exhibit in August. The goal is not to complete their art, but rather, the goal is that teens will have completed a first draft version of their idea. Everyone who signs up will also receive their own personalized art kit with supplies they can take home to continue developing their artwork.
“Amid the anxiety provoked by the pandemic, your creativity can be a source of light.” - Pope Francis
This August 2021 marks the first-ever Teen Art for Change exhibit. The theme of this inaugural event will be “New Beginnings: Teens Paving a Path Forward.”
The exhibit seeks to elevate the voices of youth at St Anthony who have something to say about what the future should look like post-covid. All youth ages 13-18 are invited to create and submit artwork that ties to the show’s theme of “New beginnings.” While youth are encouraged to draw on their own ideas for building a better future, the submitted artwork must connect with at least one of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Art will be reviewed according to the aforementioned criteria. All art mediums welcomed so long as it can be easily displayed on a wall, projector, or table.
Submissions will be accepted beginning June 26th so check back later for more information.
TEEN ART AND ACTION LAB (TAAL)
"The social message of the Gospel must not be considered a theory, but above all also a basis and a motivation for action." (Pope John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, #57)
During these gatherings, teens will connect with peers, talk about the signs of the times, judge them in light of our church teaching, and discern faith-based actions, all while making art for social justice. Stay tuned for more details coming this fall!