On April 8, 2017 AMPLIFY held its first ever Saturday workshop: Heart into Art. Through short art workshops, Heart into Art participants grew confidence, built community, and gained insight in creative fields. Local guest artists included Richard Tran from Ariel Dance Productions, local songwriter Brian Dublin, award-winning director John Raposas, actors Vincent Sanchez and Erin Woo, and Cathleen Joaquin from KollaborationSF. Each guest led a hands-on art workshop, from lyrical jazz dance to acoustic guitar to producing a theatrical film.
With the guidance of Richard Tran, participants learned a dance sequence to Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” Afterwards, they listened to original music by Brian Dublin who told them his story with music in the Bay Area. Next, director John Raposas walked the participants through directing a short scene with two actors. Cathleen Joaquin offered her insight as a community arts organizer with KollaborationSF, reminding us the importance of supporting and celebrating local artists. In each workshop, youth got the opportunity to see what it was like to be immersed in the art forms.
The culmination of dance, music, and production led to a discussion on community and the individual. In small break-out groups, we discussed the role we can play in a community and what contributions we can make. The arts and the artists that were present at Heart into Art represented a community, teaching participants how the arts can be a true outlet of expression and a way to find like-minded people.
The workshop was a success, leaving participants with new knowledge and new friends! One of the participants said, “… everyone here was so nice and welcoming and [I] learned a lot of things … [It] was nice to spend time with people who appreciate [arts & media].” In light of the positive feedback, we are open to holding more Saturday workshops in the future.
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If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the next workshop, contact AMPLIFY program assistant Marissa Martinez at (408) 975-2730 x489 or email@example.com.