Barefoot Caravan’s Freedom Arts song writing and performing arts program is an inclusive, creative program designed to connect, empower and inspire children and youth to express their ideas and creativity through the process of the performing arts.
This program was founded in Haida Gwaii at the Edge of the World Festival in 2014 in collaboration with various artists from across the province. Over the past few years the Freedom Arts program has since been brought into schools, youth programs, First Nations communities, cultural societies and festivals through out BC.
The program has received sponsorships and recognition from Children First, United Way, Early Years Coalition, Youth Empowerment Actions and School Districts from Prince Rupert to Fort St James to Clear Water BC.
With the support of Barefoot Caravan members and guest artists, participants of all skill levels have the opportunity to learn and explore their creative potential! We have co-written and performed over thirty songs with children and youth!
The song writing process is unique to each group and the songs written represent the values, ideas and intentions of the children and youth! They are guided through the songwriting process as they co-write their own song, learning about arrangements, genre and lyrical approaches.
The program includes mentoring in the areas of Stage production, all participants are involved in the program and they decide in which area they feel connected to!
Freedom Arts is a program that also encompasses various aspects of show production.
Stage Production Opportunities:
· Sound engineering
· Stage Managing
· Hosting (MC)
At the final performance the participants host their very own show backed up by Barefoot Caravan band members and local guest’s artists, the community is invited to attend and celebrate the success of all the participants!
Freedom Arts engages participants in the facilitation of all the roles necessary to put on a great show. Each program is unique to the group dynamic, synergy and interests of the participants. As much as this program is facilitated, Freedom Arts is in fact led and directed by the participants as they design their showcase to suit their interests.
Barefoot Caravan works in partnership with the school community to create and implement the program to reach the individual needs of the students and the collective needs of the school.