Summary of organization/program
ME_dia Arts is a collaborative program that allows participants to focus on and analyze their personal identities from a holistic and afro-centric perspective through the use of media arts engagement
Nia Experience Model
All Nia Centre programs adhere to an Experience Model. The goal of this model is to compliment any artistic practice with a 5-step module that will provide a wider context and deeper understanding of the art form being practiced while highlighting the opportunities embedded within it. The experience model in this program will ensure that youth participants are learning the historical, contemporary, and ethical aspects of each art form in addition to the technical art skill development pieces.
Program Objectives and Outcomes
- Provide youth with the tools and critical analyze and counteract negative stereotypes that may exist about them through the use arts and the learning about the contribution of afro-diasporic artists
- Provide youth participants the opportunity to engage in art forms on a professional level to increase their desire to pursue more community-based arts initiatives or fuel art-based career aspirations
- Provide youth with a connection to their community through the building of their individual social responsibility to create change in their environments
Nia Centre for the Arts is a community space focused on supporting the holistic advancement of Afro-Diasporic Young People in Toronto, Canada.
Dominant Media Forms
Youth identities are always in flux and heavily influenced by the environment around them. Rarely do youth get the opportunity to examine the (mis)representations of their identity in the media and the effects that it has on shaping their self-identification and their cultural affiliation. ME_dia Arts fosters media literacy and critical thinking skills and infuses it with introductory arts-based workshops that allow youth to examine their identity in the media. Participants will have the opportunity to build their repertoires of critical skills that can effectively counteract and overcome the kinds of barriers, such as sexism, classism and eliteism, our young people face daily.
Statement of Principles
Youth will participate in 10 interactive workshops that will allows participants to examine their visibility within the mainstream media and question the biased images and stereotypes that are present, and make recommendations about how changes can be made. Participants will receive introductory workshops in photography, dance, popular theatre and spoken word poetry and engage in the historical, contemporary, healthy aspects of Afro-diasporic identity. The program will involve a combination of youth artists, community-based artist and art activists to provide a level of social responsibility and community activism among the youth participants where they can use their learning to exhibit a showcase of their work to their peers and the larger community.
Samples of work