Voices of the Voiceless: Art by the Youth of the Get Active Program

Mixed Media Image: "True Love" by a student from the Get Active Program

Join us to enjoy the art work by Oakland students, a mixture of illustrations done in marker, acrylics and aerosol!

In July 2012, 15 year old Hadari Askari, an aspiring Fire Fighter, was shot and killed in the Havenscourt community in East Oakland, where he lived. No child or young person deserves a trajectory that ends at age 15. All children and youth deserve an opportunity to reach their full potential and live a full life. The address the violence plaguing this community and to place youth at the center of the solution, Safe Passages has forged an exciting new partnership to implement an arts based program aimed at communication the value and potential of youth living in this neighborhood.

The program name, Get Active, is a co-option and turning of a phrase, which youth in Oakland use, that connotes fighting as in the need "to get active" to resolve conflict. The program is designed to promote social justice and cultural awareness with a strong emphasis on leadership development and community engagement. Youth in the program also receive experiential training in aerosol arts, graphic design, illustration, airbrushing, and mural production.

Jonathan Brumfield, the Urban Arts Manager for Safe Passages explains, "While working in the neighborhood schools, we realized that many of our your have a deep interest in the arts, but were disengaged from regular school learning. We decided to couple urban arts with the fields of ethnic studies, history and social movements in the United States." Get Active is developing a cadre of of 74 youth leaders in the Havenscourt community ages 14-19, to design and youth led community safety strategies utilizing Urban Arts and social justice as a framework. The program includes the following components:

1) Urban Arts

2) Community Outreach

3) Conflict Resolution & Restorative Justice

4) Case Management

Get Active is an exciting new public-private partnership amongst the following entities: Safe Passages, Oakland schools, Reaching Expanding Adolescent Lives Choices (R.E.A.L. Choices), Oakland Housing Authority (OHA).


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Tuesday, April 29, 2014