April 2022

Cathy Lasam Ballo (Philippines)

Art & Advocacy: Teaching & Empowering Students Towards Social Action in the Philippines

Session Synopsis

This is one of ITAC Collaborative's monthly Think Tank sessions, which discussed the amazing examples of Filipino artist-led advocacies, the power of the arts as a catalyst and carrier for change, and how teaching artists can empower young minds towards initiative and action as responsible citizens. 

Below are Key Takeaways:

  • Art is a very powerful vehicle for communication and change
  • As teaching artists, we must equip our students with the ability, passion, and drive to become catalysts for change
  • Change does not happen overnight, therefore, consistently work it into your curriculum
  • Know your students genuinely, and be authentic in your support and guidance

As Art never ceases to be at the forefront of change. History shows us that art has always been instrumental in swaying opinion, spreading better education, and inciting others to action. We are all living in challenging times. With the present pandemic, countries at war, rampant online trolling and bullying, volatile political climate, and environmental concerns, it is important now, more than ever, for teaching artists to use their unique skills and platform to empower the youth. 

This talk had components of an interactive lecture and a short simulation where participants experienced the arts integrated curriculum process as ‘students.’ The added bonus of this Think Tank was that attendees receive a Certificate of Participation from ITAC & ARTguro Philippines for their participation.

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