The Jam4Justice will be driven by the passions and talents of everyone who attends. The social justice issue you explore and the project you come up with to help young people explore it is up to you. And our hope is that we will develop unique, creative responses that have never been done before.
But we know it can be helpful to see examples, so here are some ideas that might provide you with inspiration and get your creative juices flowing.
Michele Norris (NPR) invites candid submissions on the subject of race--six words that distill people's thoughts, observations or experiences of race.
This is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center where students are encouraged to cross the usual cafeteria boundaries to have lunch with someone new.
Could you come up with some kind of social action activity that could inspire young people to break out of their comfort zones and engage in meaningful conversation with each other?
Imagine using photos, video and/or audio to "bear witness" to injustices in our community as James Nachtwey has done throughout his career. What stories could they capture?
Photographers go to the extreme edges of human experience to show people what’s going on…. They aim their pictures at your best instincts: generosity, a sense of right and wrong, the ability and the willingness to identify with others, the refusal to accept the unacceptable.
There are several great examples in this article, including a group of students who created a fast food Monopoly game to engage participants in the issues of worker's rights in the fast food industry. Another team ran participants through an activity that demonstrated the food deserts and inequities in different Washington D.C. wards.
A former child soldier, Emmanuel Jai uses poetry and music to heal from and educate others about his experiences.
How could we invite young people to use poetry and music to explore, heal or educate?
Mallika Sarabhai uses theatre, dance and stories to affect social change and challenge social injustice. In this talk, she discusses how art can reach people in ways that education and advocacy cannot.
How could we invite young people to use movement and theatre to navigate social justice issues?
An ongoing community art project, people from around the world are invited to put their secrets on a postcard and mail them in anonymously to be posted on the website. Millions of people have participated in this project. It has also led to the creation of a PostSecret app for smartphones and a PostSecret album of "spoken secrets set to music."