Members-Only Guild Resource / Webinar

Groundwork: CYD Real Talk Salon – Artistic Youth Revolution: Empowering Each Other and Ourselves

Published: 2022-03-03

About this Session
A three-part series of “Real Talk Salons” regarding Creative Youth Development practices in community arts education took place throughout the three weeks of the Groundwork: Healing within Community Arts Education (“Groundwork”) program in the fall of 2021. In response to the pandemic, the overarching themes of Groundwork sessions touched on healing. This Real Talk Salon, entitled “Artistic Youth Revolution: Empowering Each Other and Ourselves”, brought together the following community practitioners in conversation with one another:


  • Paula Ortega, Groundwork Advisor (National Youth Coordinator, Creative Youth Development National Youth Network)
  • Ashley Hare, Groundwork Advisor (Deputy Director of Equity and Human Development, National Guild)


Description: This all young artists panel will share the ways they navigate power struggles with adults and tips to empower yourself.

This session took part the first week of the program and was held on October 21, 2021. American Sign Language interpretation was provided by Pro Bono ASL, though interpreters are not included in this version of the recording. If you would benefit from ASL interpretation, please email and we will provide you with an alternative recording.

About the Groundwork Program
Groundwork was a 3-week virtual gathering that centered healing in the context of community arts education, as a pathway towards personal, interpersonal, and systemic change, informed by the idea that we must get right with ourselves before we can work with each other to reimagine and create a more just future. To that end, Groundwork’s themes unfolded each week as: Healing for Self (Week 1), Healing for Collective (Week 2), and Healing for Movement Building (Week 3).

For more information about the gathering, please visit the program details, here.


This program was made possible through generous support from Aroha PhilanthropiesThe Music Man Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.