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Creative U: Arts for Empowerment

"CREATIVE U HELPED ME NOTICE THAT I'M STRONG BY BEING MY TRUE SELF, NOT BY PUTTING ON A MASK..."

                                                                     - Creative U Student, Age 12


In partnership with Orlando Repertory Theatre, this afterschool program for middle school students incorporates visual art, dramatic arts, and creative writing to explore identity, empowerment, social issues, and community. The program culminates with a showcase of the visual art, poetry, and theatrical work created by students during the residency for family, staff, and school faculty. 


Last year, 96% of our Creative U participants said that after attending the program they were better able to express their emotions, share their point of view through art, and felt a greater sense of belonging. Creative U provides a safe space, both emotionally and artistically, for youth to reveal “what is really going on in their lives.”

Participant Feedback

Creative U Student, Age 12:

“Creative U helped me noticed that I’m strong by being my true self, not by putting on a mask but by sharing my true face.”

Creative U Student, Age 13:

“This program helped me realize that I have more creative ideas than I thought and that there are other people like me.” 

Creative U Student, Age 14:

“Creative U helped me to become more expressive and realize that I can be a positive influence in my community.”

Program Partners

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Partner Spotlight

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The Orlando Repertory Theatre creates experiences that enlighten, entertain, and enrich the lives of family and young audiences.