2010 workshops

1: Suva, Fiji - January 18-22, 2010
2: Juba, Sudan - March 2010
3: Kampala, Uganda - February 2010
4: Mitrovica, Kosovo - April 26-30, 2010
5: Dushanbe, Tajikistan - May 14-18, 2010
6: Kyiv, Ukraine - June 7-11, 2010
7: Gisenyi, Rwanda - June 11-5, 2010
8: Guba, Azerbaijan - June 28 - July 2, 2010
9: Pittsburgh, USA - July 5-10, 2010
10: Mexico City, Mexico - October 1-5, 2010
11: Luang Prabang, Laos - November 18-22, 2010

After a successful 2008 workshop, UNICEF returned to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, USA through a initiative called “Youth Voices.” The goal: to use the artistic form to get youth voices into the public.

From July 5-10, 17 youth from around the Pittsburgh area joined video artists Hong-An Truong and Vivian Wenli Lin to express their views of “Identity.” The artists worked with the youth participants to identify and develop their stories on the first day. The next fews day were spent filming around Pittsburgh and then editing the films together.

Some videos portrayed hobbies or strong interests of the youth, like riding a bicycle (“Life” by Alex Wnorowski), dancing (“The Pointing Passion” by Julia Stygar) or writing (“Break through” by Kyle Buzard). Others chose to muse on those who shaped who they are today, like a twin (“A World of Two” by Michelle Callway), a grandfather (“Just Like Me” by Matthew Bethel) or generations of a family (“Seventh Generation” by Malayia Sheffield). And some expressed the struggles they face as young men and women growing up (“Exported” by Jasper Runco and “Pride” by Jesse Russell).

The films were screened in front of a group of friends, family and supporters numbering close to 70 people in the auditorium of the Children’s Museum. Before the screening, the participants tested the audience to see if they could judge how long a minute truly was.

The videos will be shown ongoing at the Children’s Musuem and will be available for viewing at some alternative viewing spaces throughout the city.