Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Guest Artist Abby Gerdts will host two work sessions on how artists can create positive meaningful change the world.
OPEN INVITATION- students, faculty, community members that might be interested are welcome to attend one or both of the following workshops on Monday, April 14th:
Participants will create theatrical pieces around a socially relevant common theme, drawing from their own personal experience and ideas with a few inspiring prompts and techniques to guide them
Participants will create theatrical pieces around a socially relevant common theme, drawing from their own personal experience and ideas with a few inspiring prompts and techniques to guide them.
Abby Gerdts, Director of Programs
Abby Gerdts has nine years experience coordinating and leading arts education programs around the world and is currently the Director of International Programs at Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), a nonprofit that provides arts education and empowerment programs for underserved youth. At ASTEP, Abby recruits and trains volunteers who will serve in ASTEP’s international programs and manages and evaluates current partnerships while researching and developing new programs. Prior to her current role at ASTEP, Abby spent three years building arts programming for organizations working with refugee populations in Istanbul, Turkey. Abby holds a BFA from the Juilliard School’s Drama Division. Recent appearances as an actress include Of Rivers of Days at Interborough Repertory Theater in New York, and the title role in Miss Julie at the GAF Theatre in Istanbul.
Here is a link to ASTEP and what their programming is about. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with some international experience using arts to effect communal change and then to focus that energy and experience on issues within our own community. Here is a link to ASTEP to familiarize you with what they do, their mission and how they work: https://asteponline.org/2013/
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