Arts for Action is an experimental advocacy
project to involve parents and educators from the Cambridge Public
Schools in innovative social change strategies. Arts for Action
enlisted facilitators from VISIONS to help parents and teachers
brainstorm innovative solutions to the race, class, language and
gender disparities in academic achievement.
Inc. is a multiracial organization that conducts experiential
workshops in team building, conflict resolution, and leadership
development. VISIONS, Inc. facilitators encouraged workshop participants
to share power, experiment with formats and reframe the issues at
This initiative grew out of a frustration with the status quo
among parents, educators and elected officials who shared a desire
to change the conversation about public school education.
The goal was to help educators, parents and students:
|| develop an empowering group process,
|| Introduce a common language to analyze
power imbalances connected to race, class, gender, language
and other “isms,”
||use role plays, theater techniques, and
personal stories that draw on the experiences of the participants
themselves to develop advocacy-based problem-solving skills.
for Action ran interactive training workshops, conducted
community forums, attended local school board meetings and used
theater techniques to bring their concerns and ideas for change
to the broader Cambridge community.