The Young Artist In Service program is for teens ages 13-18. Although teenagers are the heartbeat of the program, Young Artists In Service also serves many young children who attend our community offerings and are given an opportunity to experience themselves as artists while engaging with friendly and responsible teenage role models. Additionally, adults who volunteer with Young Artists In Service often rediscover their creative abilities. This mixed age group provides opportunities for participants to simultaneously become students and teachers.
Young Artists In Service is a dynamic youth program for youth that has its roots in creative culture, youth fellowship and community service. By creating service opportunities and cooperative art experiences, the program serves the teenage youth that participate by giving them an opportunity to create art, connect with other teenage artists and experience themselves as valuable participants in their communities.
These amazing youth, led by gifted artist and teacher Jean-Pierre (JP) Verdijo, have completed beautiful and uplifting murals at Casa Marianella, Austin Children’s Shelter, Refugee Services of Texas and Multi-Cultural Refugee Coalition.
The Young Artists in Service is open to both youth who have attend the Summit, as well as youth who are new to the Amala Foundation.
Community Service, Cultural Field Trips and Retreats
We are committed as a group to serve Austin community through a variety art orriented projects. There is no charge for these events. In the past we have painted murals at homeless shelters, held open studio spaces for children at farmers markets and created learning materials for a rural school in India. This year we are adding hosting a youth art show and a earth art weekend retreat.
Opening Circle: Monday September 29th, 6:30pm – 8pm
Our fall and winter program will launch September 29th, at 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Amala Foundation community center with an opening circle.
All youth who would like to be a part of this creative program are deeply encouraged to attend this circle where we will be setting our personal intentions and group agreements.
Please dress for creativity and bring 4 pieces of paper with writing or imagery that speaks to your relationship to creativity, service, life, and yourself. We will be using the paper to create a collaborative collage and unify our energies in preparation for the service projects ahead. Please also bring a water bottle, and your willingness to be seen and hold space.
Art Outreach at the Multicultural Refugee Coalition: Saturday October 4th, 3:30pm- 6:30pm
We have been invited to hold space and act as guides for children who participated in this past summer’s Camp Indigo. At Camp Indigo, we created a mural which we will officially gift to MRC on October 4th. This will be a great introduction to serving children and saying yes to creativity.
Art Collaboration Circle: Saturday November 2nd, 10am-2pm
We will gather at Amala to create a collaborative work of art . We will have a check in and taking circle while creating a work of art that will be donated to a local non-profit.
East Austin Studio Tour Field Trip: November 22nd, 12am-4pm
The East Austin Studio Tour is a local event that has expression and creativity at its core. We will meet at Amala and drive to the East Side where we will walk around to a few galleries. This will be a time for drawing in sketch books and taking photos. We will circle before to check in and as well as after to process our time together.
One Village/ Young Artists service project: December 6th
The Refugee Services of Texas is hosting both the Young Artists in Service Program and One Village Project for a day of service. We will clean, organize and create art to beautify their space. This will be an opportunity for the Young Artists to guide the rest the village in creating art.
January’s service Project – Date, TIme & LOCATION TBA
Earth Art Weekend Retreat at Dancing Waters in Wimberley: February (TBA)
A weekend retreat dedicated to connection and play in nature while being in creative service to the beautiful retreat center that has been built and stewarded by artists, environmental activist and Amala community member David Baker.
Closing Circle and Art Show: Saturday March 7th Location (TBA)
In order to share our process with the world and create awareness of our project. We will create an exhibit of our work and invite parents, friends, and partners to witness us in our creative spirit. This will also be an entry point for our spring/summer program.
Questions? Please contact Jean-Pierre Verdijo at JP@amalafoundation.org.