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REMEMBER YOUR DREAM


Welcome Speech presented by Missy Crutchfield
Connecting the Dots Summit Exploring Arts and Social Issues

Good morning, my name is Missy Crutchfield. Yesterday marked 38 years since the assassination of one of the countrys most important civil rights leadersDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A bullet took him away from usbut his vision and his dream will live on forever. So, today, in the memory of Dr. King and his monumental work for the rights of all peopleAll Gods Childrenand in the name of partnership, commitment, and above all, in the name of love. Let us take a few moments in silence. About five years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea to create an umbrella-like collection of new and already existing organizations and programs, partners, sponsors, and individual artists whose work could change the worldbeginning with this community. The focus is on: Arts, Communication, and Mentoring and its all about connecting the dots and connecting to each other. The timing is perfectto begin forging partnerships to connect the dots with our children and our communityin a way that we havent before; to create and hold a Summit called Connecting the Dots which will for the first time to look at how we can collectively make a difference in our lives, our childrens lives, and in the lives of others. This umbrella idea is called Remember Your Dreamand we are creating it right now. This Summit is the beginning of a collective effort of change and partnership. We are all connected. But if we dont connect in a positive way now, we may connect lateronly then it might be in the form of gang violencewith a knife or a gun. Either way, were connected. And its up to us to break the chain of violence and flip the downward spiral up. We can tell a story in our community that can resonate Were also working on a Remember Your Dream education initiative which will work through arts and social across the country. issues, and will focus on inner-city kids in low performance -Missy Crutchfield schools. Through arts and learning activities, mentoring and communicationwe can begin to create connections like never before. I like to think of our children as our human rainforests. In the natural rainforests we know that were losing species everyday, which could be possible cures for AIDS or cancerthese kids could be the future scientists who find the cures, they could be a future Einstein, Da Vinci, Rosa Parks, or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Either way, we all deserve an opportunity. We must connect to them now, before its too late. We must work together to flip the downward spiral up. We can tell a story in our community that can resonate across the country. And, it starts now. It starts today. Thank you all for being here. Thank you for caring and dedicating your work and your lives to these very issues. Thank you.

A CATALYST FOR CHANGE


METHODOLOGY:
Connecting the DotsA Collaborative Model for Change: Its an idea to create an umbrella-like collection of new and existing organizations and programs, sponsors, and individuals whose work can change the world. Remember Your Dream is part of that collective changing the worldand beginning with the young men in our neighborhoods and communities.

MISSION:

Remember Your Dream is a signature program which includes mentoring and arts programs to engage students in addressing social issues through the arts visual, performance, communications, community mural projects, and Arts in Non Traditional Spacesconnecting artists with students through Unbroken community building.
About five years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea to create an umbrella-like collection of new and already existing organizations and programs, partners, sponsors, and individual artists whose work could change the worldbeginning with this community. The focus is on: Arts, Communication, and Mentoringand its all about connecting the dots and connecting to each other. Missy Crutchfield, Founder

FOR MORE IDEAS READ: Connecting the Dots: the workbook

The focus is on: ARTS COMMUNICATION MENTORING

MODELS OF CHANGE
Remember Your Dream is a signature program which includes mentoring and arts programs to engage students in addressing social issues through the artsvisual, performance, communications, community mural projects, and Arts in Non Traditional Spaces connecting artists with students through Unbroken community building.
Artist-in-Residence Connecting local artists with students in classrooms, community centers, and afterschool programs Addressing arts and social issues. For example, Unbroken Take the Lead Ballroom Dance is a successful pilot connecting professional ballroom instructors with high school students in a 10-week afterschool program. Arts in Nontraditional Spaces Art in Non-Traditional Spaces showcases student art and photography in non-traditional public spaces such as the local airport, City Hall, housing authority headquarters, among others. Pilot ANTS projects include the premiere of I Believe I Can Fly, an art exhibit at the local airport displaying the works of students from local elementary schools. ANTS has also showcased musical talent from elementary and middle school bands at the airport with Songs Take Flight for the Holidays. Free Your Soul A thrown pottery class for domestic violence survivors taught by an artist-in-residence, and in one pilot this has been taught by an artist who has also survived domestic violence. My Hands A visual art and storytelling project using hands as an art motif. Kids and teens make tracings of their hands and use them to tell a story of all the positive things they can do with their hands. This project has also used photo copier machines to copy images of kids And teens hands.

MODELS OF CHANGE
Remember Your Dream is a signature program which includes mentoring and arts programs to engage students in addressing social issues through the artsvisual, performance, communications, community mural projects, and Arts in Non Traditional Spaces connecting artists with students through Unbroken community building.
The Truth Project Career-oriented summer education program that Gives students the opportunity to build professional Skills and earn income through arts-based projects. Specialties include visual arts, theater/ performing arts, theater management, songwriting, vocal instrumental music, recording, filmmaking, video production, CD production, graphic design, marketing/public relations, broadcasting and electronic media. This Is My Neighborhood Encourages teens to look at their communities as a cultural mosaic, using a quilting project as a way to explore the fabric of community. Rebuilding My Community Inspired by a preschool class activity Rebuilding New York following the events of September 11, 2011Rebuilding My Community is a partnership with the local public works department and regional planning agency to engage kids and teens in the process of urban planning. What does your neighborhood need? What would you like to see on your street? Using the artsstreet maps, markers, blocks, and other materialsthe youth create a vision of what their neighborhood can be. Remember Your Dream Film Festival Community narratives written and filmed by middle and high school students shown during a red carpet event at the local theatre. Sisters Speak Out Sisters Speak Out is a workshop experience, documentary, and three-act play founded and authored by Missy Crutchfield due to her unwavering passion for the need for addressing issues surrounding domestic violence, and means of prevention.

MODELS OF CHANGE
Remember Your Dream is a signature program which includes mentoring and arts programs to engage students in addressing social issues through the artsvisual, performance, communications, community mural projects, and Arts in Non Traditional Spaces connecting artists with students through Unbroken community building.
Think & Draw and Talk About It A signature publication Think & Draw and Talk about It arrives on the scene at local elementary and middle schools once each school year. It is a powerful communication tool that opens dialogue between kids and adults about important issues kids are facing today and how they can make positive choices. Straight UP Boyz Talk Girlz Talk Through a partnership with the local police department and urban pop station, a monthly radio talk show engaged teen boys and girls in discussions about anti-drug and anti-gang messages live on-air. Teens interacted on-air with radio personalities, representatives from the police department and local drug counseling agencies and answered call-in comments from listeners. Teen Scene A signature publication Teen Scene is a magazine by teens for teens. Using the powerful communications tool of a magazine, Teen Scene offers teen writers, artists, and photographers a creative outlet while also providing an opportunity to address important teen topics like drug and alcohol prevention, gang violence, teen pregnancy, teen suicide, bullying, peer pressure, and the leadership skills it takes to make positive choices.

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! ! EDITOR IN CHIEF Missy Crutchfield EXECUTIVE EDITOR Melissa Turner EMAIL editors@bemagazine.org WEB www.bemagazine.org