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Applications are being accepted now through Monday May 14, 2018. Space is limited. Teens of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities are encouraged to apply. 

Are you a creative teen looking to make positive change? This summer we're gathering a group of engaged teens from the Cleveland area (like you!) to develop and direct their voices and actions towards meaningful social impact. If you're looking for new ways to express your opinions and have your own unique voice heard, join us and others like you here at MOCA for an inspiring summer program.

Here, Our Voices is a weekly program that provides teens with mentorship, skill building, and opportunities to create special experiences for and with their peers. Led by a Creative Facilitator, the Here, Our Voices cohort works with MOCA's exhibitions, staff, and artists to learn about how art can be used to express and effect change. This group also travels around Cleveland, visiting organizations and individuals that comprise Cleveland’s thriving art community. Trips to commercial galleries, community maker spaces, and public art venues, among others, give teens a big picture understanding of the broad opportunities and perspectives within our local art ecology. This summer, Here, Our Voices will connect directly with FRONT International, a city-wide festival of contemporary art. They will meet with the artists who have created work for this triennial, visit the exhibitions, and talk with audiences about their reactions. 

These on and offsite experiences lead to a group-designed public program for teens. This special event demonstrates the values and voices of the Here, Our Voices teens, and provides an opportunity for audiences to share their own. This program will occur in September during the final month of FRONT. 

Here, Our Voices is a hands-on, participatory experience. Every session asks teens to create and share. Here, Our Voices teens are not just visual artists; they are musicians, designers, poets, community organizers, and teens with creative minds looking to make positive change. Make your voice heard; APPLY TODAY!