This program exists thanks to the support of GrantMakers for Girls of Color, a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in New York

Young Girls of Color Leaders
An empowerment and leadership program for young girls of color that will provide them with opportunities to connect with one another, explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), use their voices through artistic expression and journalism, provide access and education to health and mental wellness, and develop the skills needed to mentor and support other girls and young women of color in their communities. They will also learn about entrance to college and opportunities for scholarships.

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Join us June 2022 to February 2023

Who can participate?

9-24 year-old girls of color and young women in our community. Predominantly Latina/Latinx, African American, Native, Indigenous, Afro-Latina girls, and girls from the border

Where?

Evansville, IN: Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science Owensboro, KY: Owensboro Museum of Science and History

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Featured Artist & Event
Latin and Afro-Colombian Artist Erica “Kika” Parrary of VEA

The program Voces en Acción (VEA) or Voices in Action (VEA) founded under the leadership of Dr. Arcea Zapata de Aston, is working thanks to the One Time Grant: Girls of Color Voice and Vision, from Kentucky Foundation for Women, and it has as a goal to generate effective and attractive instances of cultural participation through the artistic workshops whose drive are to maximize a conscience around its culture, identity, and territory and with this, to promote processes of leadership and empowerment for young women living in a hostile and patriarchal society. This program involves young women, Latin women, and women of color (whose communities continue to be considered marginal communities) in artistic activities, including music, painting, dance, theater, culinary identity, photography and creative writing; in order to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be a guidance for other young Latin women or other minorities in their communities.

VEA views and understands the artistic practices as valid and powerful spaces to funnel not only the messages and contents but rather to push on with profound processes of social transformation. In this sense, the program defines some goals that have to do with the typical dimensions of being and to be in the world since this concept has a different impact for women in the patriarchal field that is burdensome and full of stereotypes. Therefore some of the questions that we will attempt to answer through diverse experiences of formation and cultural mediation are the following: who am I? How do I see the world? What is my truth today and what do I want?

The History of VEA, Voces en Accion / Voices in Action
Young Girls of Color Leaders

The program Voces en Acción (VEA) or Voices in Action (VEA) founded under the leadership of Dr. Arcea Zapata de Aston, started thanks to the One Time Grant: Girls of Color Voice and Vision, from Kentucky Foundation for Women, and it has as a goal to generate effective and attractive instances of cultural participation through the artistic workshops whose drive are to maximize a conscience around its culture, identity, and territory and with this, to promote processes of leadership and empowerment for young women living in a hostile and patriarchal society. This program involves young women, Latin women, and women of color (whose communities continue to be considered marginal communities) in artistic activities, including music, painting, dance, theater, culinary identity, photography and creative writing; in order to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be a guidance for other young Latin women or other minorities in their communities.

VEA views and understands the artistic practices as valid and powerful spaces to funnel not only the messages and contents but rather to push on with profound processes of social transformation. In this sense, the program defines some goals that have to do with the typical dimensions of being and to be in the world since this concept has a different impact for women in the patriarchal field that is burdensome and full of stereotypes. Therefore some of the questions that we will attempt to answer through diverse experiences of formation and cultural mediation are the following: who am I? How do I see the world? What is my truth today and what do I want?

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