Participants, the artivists at the centre of the project, come from nine different local authority areas across Scotland. They each live at different, unique intersections of social identities. They have different experiences of the world and they had significantly different experiences of the COVID-19 lockdown.
They are a community. Each is an important part of several other communities. They are teenagers, they are artists, they care about the wellbeing of themselves and others.
At Scottish Youth Theatre, we work with inspiring young artists all the time, so I was not surprised by the talent, the commitment, or the strong political voices of these artivists. What did surprise me, time and again, was their powerful, radical kindness, towards each other, their communities and the world.
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