Project Groundings Launch [Thursday July 28, 2011, Jamaica]

Posted: July 30, 2011

Yesterday, July 28th marked the official launch of  Project Groundings, Nia Centre’s Transnational Research Partnership.  Over the next two years Nia Centre, along with partners CERLAC, Jamaican Youth Theatre and the University of the West Indies will explore the intimate and intricate  relationships between Black identity formation, violence (broadly defined) and the Arts.  Our youth forum yesterday brought out young people from several organizations including the August Town Youth Council, Sistren and the UN’s Youth Ambassador and Engagement Officer.  Their voices were loud and clear as the micro -aggressions of daily life, clearly tied to the stigma of being black, young and or economically marginalized framed a significant portion of the discussion.  The attendee’s multifaceted approach to the issues youth voiced highlighted the layers and the interconnection of various social institutions and systems.  The eventful day ended with an interactive dramatic presentation by Jamaican Youth Theatre who honoured young people that have pasted to do violence and reminded us to live up!

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