Youth engagement has become a core element of Deer Crossing The Art Farm’s programming. We coined the term Pollinate to describe our youth driven projects. It is a symbiotic relationship in which the youth have a lot of creativity and energy to offer, and our programs provide tools and opportunities for them to explore and grow. By facilitating youth engagement, we are bringing up a new generation of empowered creatives who will share their inspirations within our communities and in our world.
Generally, these programs include the following elements:
- Mentorship with professional artists
- Opportunity to work hands on with children and elders
- Installation and or creative engagement arts creation
- A showcase event to share their work and experience with the community
Our programs help youth develop communication skills, responsibility of self and the planet, creative expression, and follow through. It is our intention to support and equip participants in Pollinate programs while simultaneously pushing them outside of their comfort zone to a place where they can really develop themselves as people.