El Arte De La Abundancia/The Art of Abundance

by Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community

Asheville Writers In The Schools and Community (AWITSC) ignites social change through the power of the arts, culture, and restorative self-expression.

One of our most impactful programs is Word on the Street/La Voz de les Jóvenes (WOTS/VDLJ), which was launched in 2016. WOTS/VDLJ is an afterschool (and one Saturday per month) program, with a summer intensive, that centers the leadership and creativity of black and brown youth, ages 13-19. Through arts-based programming, participants (known as The Squad) develop healthy relationships with peers and mentors, while working to make a difference in their community using their voices, talents and imaginations. As members of The Squad, youth build a unique and bilingual space to become hopeful about their futures, experience racial healing and develop a radical imagination to build a better world.

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