Beyond simply creating art for art’s sake, or for school credits, young people are building social movements and creative projects around a different vision for our planet. And they are calling us in, says Kathleen Gallagher.
Health and government officials around the globe are slowly and ever-so-tentatively moving to relax lockdowns due to coronavirus.
In Canada, where the possibility of health-care collapse seems to have been averted (for the time being), some are beginning to ask questions other than “when will the pandemic end?” Instead, they’re turning towards “how will we move forward?”
Young people have some answers that warrant our attention. Over the past five years, through my collaborative ethnographic research with 250 young people in drama classrooms in Canada, India, Taiwan, Greece and England, I have gained remarkable insight into these young people’s experiences and assessments of the world.
I found crisis after crisis being shouldered by young people. Through their theatre-making, they documented their concerns and hope, and they rallied around common purposes. They did this despite disagreement and difference... Keep reading on The Conversation