Wow!!! The Theater & Arts Leadership Kouncil (TALK) is almost a year old. Actually, it’s been just over a year that TALK, was first conceived, but it took its first great breath in November 2011 when the Youth Leadership Kouncil (YoLK) met to dream and to develop vision for TALK.
Along with brainstorming cool, artsy ideas, TALK’s teens understood that they were brought together to lead. The first directive they arrived at was to create “buzz” about TALK. And, as a charitable organization, they also learned that money was (and still is) needed, so raising $$ was on the docket too.
Holiday Lights in Homewood was TALK’s first public appearance. The teens developed and delivered their first “elevator speeches” while selling cookies - 44.00 worth. Then, with those funds and donated supplies, they pursued an overnight painting party. They met with Homewood’s Art Council, adapted their initial plan, got the “go ahead” and then produced an 8’ x 18’ mural that greeted commuters in December. The event made Homewood’s e-newsline, the mayor joined as they handed out 6am hot chocolate and there was a half-page article covering the event in the Southtown Star. They were off!
Additional achievements by these teen leaders in year one include;
- Village Key TALK article written by teens, Olivia Sciford & Maggie Colton
- Created and handed out art postcards at Chocolate Fest
- Launched TALKsouthland.org and TALK’s Facebook page
- Facilitated a Teen Arts Tent at Homewood’s Art & Garden Fair, including…
- Eight Visual artists
- 13 music and spoken word performers
- 15 teen volunteers informed the public about TALK
- Face painting
- Coverage in the June 10th Southland Star
- Managed the make-up for Homewood’s Zombie Paradise videos
- Started Patch.com blog and, thus far, have featured the writings of Amy Donne, Lara Forsythe and Emma Anderson
- TALK facilitated three Teen Arts Tent at Homewood’s Farmer’s Market (June, August and September)
- Provided live music at Homewood’s National Night Out
- Painted a piano for the Pop-Up Piano campaign & showcased it at Dog Days of Summer
- Featured on the cover of the Southland Star’s preview on August 29th
- YoLK chairperson, Lyzz Joyce wrote a full-page Village Key article about TALK and the 1st annual TALK Teen Arts Fest
- Carried out the 1st Annual Multi-Arts Teen Tent at Homewood’s Fall Fest
- Five art tents for visual arts, live music & drama, as well as a TALK info table
- Nine Kontributing visual artists
- 24 music and spoken word artists, including the All TALK improv group
- Over 30 teen volunteers and eight adult volunteers
- Lots of faces painted – including zombies
- Facilitated a community mural project
- Opened TALK exhibit at Union Street Gallery, running from Sept 28 - Oct 27.
- Installed storefront window on Dixie highway featuring TALK art and Fall Fest’s community mural
- TALK has more than doubled the number of teen Kontributors, and through their own leadership, policy & procedure writing, planning and delegating work, TALK teens now prepare for our year-end party and elections for 2013 leadership positions.
Have I mentioned that this has all occurred in one year?
To learn more and to see how you or your teen might become involved, please visit http://www.talksouthland.org/ or call 708.365.TALK.