How does your idea help cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change?
Baktun12 is using the power of theater to build much-needed empathy in two critical ways. The ReAlisal series amplifies the human stories of East Salinas too often overshadowed by negative media headlines. Public perception of East Salinas not only informs policies that are passed here, it shapes community identity. Baktun12 highlights those who have worked to improve conditions, and illuminates the social-historical contexts of today's issues, supporting residents to believe in change, value our trailblazers, and to take informed action. Participation in productions & civic action theater workshops gives youth the chance to stand in others' shoes and gain insights that further inform how they work together to create community change.
Tell us about your partnerships
-Artists Ink: A group of East Salinas-based artists who teach multi-media arts in schools, designs B12's promotional materials and video elements of productions
-El Teatro Campesino-- B12's artistic excellence partner, provides stage direction, dramaturgy, and instruction to B12 youth interns
-Building Healthy Communities Collaborative: provides support in developing advocacy opportunities for B12 audiences and participants
The primary challenge Baktun12 faces with this project is lack of space. Past rehearsals and final presentations have been held at the Breadbox Recreation Center, but this is not a quality theater space and access to the space is limited. Baktun12 has been cultivating relationships with the principals of keys schools in East Salinas and is developing an MOU with the Mullens Theater at Alisal High School to serve as the primary site for ReAlisal productions and workshops, and is cultivating additional sites for satellite productions and workshops for youth and their families.
Does your project use any of the following approaches to cultivate community members as empathetic and collaborative leaders?
encouraging philanthropy, creating a safe space, developing emotional competency, building leadership skills, group play, storytelling, collective problem-solving, identifying shared values and differences, instilling courage, enabling action.