2012 MGR Foundation Youth Peace Rally at August Wilson Center


MGR Foundation Partners With Pittsburgh Public Schools For Youth Peace Rally at August Wilson Center

On Thursday, August 16th, from 9:30am – 11:45am, 500 students of all ages from across the city of Pittsburgh will gather at The August Wilson Center for African American Culture to “Silence the Violence” at this year’s 2012 MGR Foundation Youth Peace Rally, an annual effort to confront the cycle of violence and social justice issues in some of Pittsburgh’s most distressed neighborhoods.

In its 6th year, the MGR Foundation Youth Peace Rally has helped bring communities together and provide a voice for Pittsburgh youth. The MGR Foundation has partnered for a third year with the Pittsburgh Public School’s Summer Dreamers Academy as well as other youth development organizations in the city for the 2012 MGR Foundation Youth Peace Rally.

Students have been working all summer using music, art, drama, and dance to explore the issues of violence, community and cultural injustice.  Learning how to take a stand for peace and harness their youth voice, students will rally together by creating art for social change.  Hundreds of youth will flood the August Wilson Center to perform dances, speeches, poems, and songs that promote peace and positive choice.  Visual art will also be exhibited in the front lobby of the center.  With the growing rate of violence in the city, our students are more passionate than ever to make a difference in their communities and schools.  Join our youth, elected officials, activists, and school district as we support our youth and stand for peace.

The MGR Foundation’s Murals: Art Activism is a year round program that encourages youth and communities to confront challenging issues of social justice they face in order to educate, inspire, and create social change.  Inspired by examining the power of youth voice, participants learn to advocate and organize as a way to activate social change through art, resulting in justice and unity for themselves and their communities.  Art Activism connects community artists specializing in drama, visual arts, music, dance and media to work with some of Pittsburgh’s most at-risk members, helping them address some of our city’s toughest issues.

The rally at the August Wilson Center will serve as an opportunity for students to exercise their new-found voices and speak out against a subject that touches each of their lives.

For additional information, contact: Meredith Hoppe, Murals Program Director at meredith@mgrf.org or 773-496-4309.

Meredith Hoppe, Program Director
Tel: 773-496-4309
Email: Meredith@mgrf.org

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