Halcyon Arts Lab Youth Fellowship

Halcyon Arts Lab Youth Fellowship -- a program created to engage youth seeking to catalyze change through art and creative innovation.

In partnership with DC Prep, Halcyon will support a group of Youth Fellows to collaborate on a socially engaged art project. Over the course of 3 months, fellows will have access to space, materials and workshops, with the end goal of developing their skills in civic engagement through art. The Youth Fellows will participate in workshops and fieldtrips to learn about social engagement, and build resources to become a catalyst for change. That means space, time and access for our youth to think big.

The Youth Fellows will attend workshops in: 

  • Activism through music and art
  • Visualizing data and communicating ideas through art
  • Film and journalism as social engagement
  • Performance and civic engagement 

At the end of the program the fellows will have an opportunity to showcase their experiences and knowledge of a chosen social issue to their communities. 

Cohort 2

We’re excited to announce that we have launched an open call for our youth fellows 2019 project Call to Action for Racial and Social Justice in Schools, which consists of a poster contest, petition and exhibition / performance night. This project embodies the work of our second youth cohort through their collaboration on a socially engaged art project directed toward their development of skills in civic engagement through art.

The project is grounded in a call for:

  • More open conversations about race, culture, and social issues
  • Empathy, respect, and acceptance
  • Holding ourselves accountable for our actions
  • Commitment to multicultural education in schools
  • Valuing diversity inside and outside the classroom

We are looking for submissions of poster art that embodies, represents, or looks to further these values. In addition, we are also searching for performance artists (musical or spoken word) whose work reflects the sentiments of our call for change.

Our youth fellows believe in a strong desire to actively learn from others, and value inviting people into community by creating an open and safe space for others. It is important to us to diversify our communities as a catalyst for learning and personal growth. We ask that you help us spread the word about our Call to Action and support our youth fellows in fostering a culture of acceptance and fellowship among the racial and ethnic groups in their community. Please invite any artist in you network under the age of 21 to submit work related to our cause.

The open call deadline is April 24th. 

You can find and sign the full petition here: https://www.change.org/p/students-racial-social-justice-in-our-schools

Submit a poster: https://halcyon.submittable.com/submit/137857/halcyon-arts-lab-youth-fellows-poster-competition

Sign the Petition  


Action Items for Parents, Teachers & School Administrators 

About our education partner Teaching for Change

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.Teaching for Change operates from the belief that schools can provide students the skills, knowledge and inspiration to be citizens and architects of a better world — or they can fortify the status quo. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.



Youth Fellows Exhibtion Opening 


Cohort 1

    In partnership with DC Prep, Halcyon selected eight DC Prep alumni from high schools across the city to create social impact arts projects in collaboration with Halcyon Arts Lab’s Fellows and with access to resources at Halcyon Arts Lab: space, time, and access for our youth to think big. 

    The first cohort of Youth Fellows, who completed their fellowship in May 2018, were assisted by the Arts Lab Fellows to mount their own exhibition, In Our Minds, which opened on April 21, 2018. They had the special honor of a visit from Brigitte Macron, first lady of France, on April 25, 2018 during President Macron’s state visit to Washington, DC. The exhibition included a documentary short film interviewing youth affected by gun violence, painting and photography documenting the experience of women of color, spoken word and poetry performances around social issues in the student’s communities, #nojudgment mural empathizing communal struggles and a performance piece exploring the immigrant family experience.


    Halcyon Arts Lab 2018 Youth Fellows. Left to right: Peniel Ouabo, Lakya Simon, Grace Ouabo, Kiersten Oliver, Makiya Tucker, Bobby Baldwin, Dante Venable, and Jhurney Hairston (not pictured)