SPEAK FOR PEACE
Open to Ages 16-29
Saturdays, September 28-November 9, 10-2, Youth Opportunity YO! Baltimore, 1212 N. Wolfe Street (map)

In this activist art workshop, student fellows will create a street-level campaign for peace, featuring the voices and faces of Baltimoreans impacted by and fighting against street violence. They’ll interview mediators, community leaders, and ordinary citizens, and share their messages and stories with the public through posters and QR code-accessible videos.  They’ll consider how to reach and connect diverse audiences in diverse neighborhoods, raising awareness, stirring discussion, asking citizens of all ages and backgrounds to stop and think, and to work toward solutions.  They’ll learn videography, audio recording, correct interview protocols, and poster design.  Content for the campaign will appear throughout the city and on YouTube over the arc of the workshop, and will also be represented on the program website and at a public exhibition.  Limited to 10 student fellows.

Charles Cohen's recent documentary films include Riding Wild, which follows a group of BMXers into Baltimore's urban wilderness, and The Crooked Tune, an Old Time Fiddler in a Modern World.  He holds an MFA in Film and Digital Media from American University and has written for The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and Baltimore City Paper. 

Darian Jones recently received his associate's degree in Digital Media Production from the Community College of Baltimore County.  He is interested in documenting unique and authentic stories, and he hopes to give back by teaching others. 

Myron Higgins, “Sun of Baltimore,” is a musician and filmmaker.  His short documentary, LEAD BABY -- #GlowUp, won the Judges’ Award for Nonfiction Film in the 2018 Born in Baltimore Film & Photography Festival.