3rd Annual Rising Voices Youth Summit will connect teens with activism and art

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – The end of school is in sight and all eyes are on summer plans. But first, there’s the Rising Voices Arts Showcase on Friday, April 20 and Youth Summit on Saturday, April 21 at Joel D. Valdez Main Library (101 N. Stone Avenue).

We’re calling all local teens who want to become leaders and make a difference in the community and, by extension, the world. Join your peers at the 3rd Annual Rising Voices Youth Summit where young adults will showcase their creative work and come together to envision Tucson’s thriving future.

Rising Voices was developed by youth, for youth as a safe and fun event to connect, learn, and grow as leaders. This year’s theme is “Know Yourself! Know Your Rights!”

In the midst of the #MarchForOurLives movement, we know the power of young people’s words. This summit will give youth the tools to get connected and share opinions and ideas about the issues they are most passionate about, be it gun reform, environmentalism, or LGBTQ+ rights.

On Friday evening, April 20, teens will gather from 4–7 pm to showcase their artistic works of visual art, poetry, music, and digital media, create personalized stickers and t-shirts, and learn about opportunities to sell and display their artwork. Want to just come hang out? There will also be refreshments, raffle prizes, and music.

On Saturday, April 21, from 10 am–4pm, we will gather to collectively shape Tucson’s future. As a group, we will share our strengths and get into teams focused on addressing the issue of your choice. Participants will attend workshops about meeting with elected officials, understanding how to succeed professionally, zine making, and how local arts collectives have used art to engage in activism.

You will then take what you’ve learned to work on a group collaboration project around solving problems in our community. We will have lists of elected officials, voter registration materials, and other resources to help you make it happen. Breakfast and lunch will be served at this free event!

Youth voices are being heard now more than ever. If we stand together to fight for what we think is right, we will be heard. Come develop your résumé skills and do something meaningful in the process! To register or submit art, visit the Rising Voices website.


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