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Play/Pause Will Showcase Teen Stories

Play/Pause: Shared stories from ART 180’s summer teen programs will showcase video and radio projects created by young artists.

In partnership with Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) and WRIR 97.3fm youth in the summer radio program have explored the power of the spoken story. After learning the art of radio broadcasting and audio recording they have compiled a collection of personal stories designed to stir emotion, provoke thought and share perspectives from their experiences. The final performance will be a public gathering to listen to the live airing of their radio show broadcast on WRIR 97.3fm. The stories will continue to be played on WRIR through the end of 2014.

Teens in our video production program are creating short documentary films focusing on identity and stereotypes within their communities. In addition to creating the short films about their lives, the young artists also created a film documenting their intercultural dialogue with participants in VCU’s Iraqi Young Leader Exchange Program.

The event will be Tuesday, August 5th at 6pm at Virginia Repertory Theatre, 114 W. Broad St. in the Richmond Arts & Cultural District with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 233-4180.





ART 180 gives young people in challenging circumstances the chance to express themselves through art, and to share their stories with others. Since 1998, the nonprofit organization has worked with youth in the Richmond area to create art that explains and illustrates their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Partnering with other organizations that serve young people, ART 180 designs projects that allow for self-expression, and creates venues for this expression in the community. The name reflects their vision of turning lives and communities around 180 degrees. ART 180 also operates Atlas, an art center for teens in Jackson Ward.

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