The BCCC Refugee Youth Project strives to unite diverse populations through shared common interests and community needs. We do so in partnership with community artists that provide art classes to youth at our after-school programs. By using art as a method of engagement, it becomes a vehicle to promote dialogue to expand cultural awareness, create empathy and understanding, empower community voice, and explore themes of identity.
The awareness and change that occurs during the art-making process is often more important than the end product itself. Increased confidence, pride, and celebration upon completion often endorse the product and serve as a permanent display of the cultural and social change that took place. For RYP, art is a universal language.
The Refugee Youth Project has served as a host site for MICA’s Community Art Collaborative (CAC) program for over 10 years. The Community Art Collaborative is an AmeriCorps program funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about the Community Art Collaborative, click here.