Images add to power of youth voice

"Young people can be leaders by raising and expressing questions, concerns, and thoughts about issues that are important to them and their community," says Kong Her, one of the organizers of an upcoming youth film festival co-sponsored by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minn. "Film is a powerful tool because images and media make lasting impressions and impact on the public."

At the event, teen video artists from the West Side neighborhood of St. Paul and Hope Community in the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis will screen documentaries they produced last summer. They'll come together with other young activists and organizers to talk about what it means to challenge power and speak out, and to share their visions for the future.

The event is open to the public, and is part of the Weisman's year-long focus on the questions "Who is a citizen? What is citizenship?"

Represent! Civic Videos by Area Youth
Saturday, March 29
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Weisman Art Museum
University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
*Directions and parking

Click here for an example of filmmaking by young people participating in the Mounds Theater Martin Luther King Day program in St. Paul on January 21, 2008.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs