EDUCATION

 Education Programs:

 

STAY WEIRD! is an educational program inspired by Graham Moore’s Academy Award Acceptance Speech:
“When I was 16 I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different. And I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here. So I would like this moment to be for that kid out there that feels like she is weird or she is different or she doesn’t fit anywhere. Yes you do! I promise you do! Stay weird, stay different. And then when is your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person that comes along.”

AENY’s Education Department decided to take this torch and carry this message to as many kids as possible. The goal is to show teenagers the importance in keeping their individuality. And help them trust their own personality finding the freedom of embracing and expressing who they really are.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

We invite one of our Artists to visit a school and share their own personal story in Spanish. Starting from their childhood when they felt weird until they discovered their Art and became who they are today. They also showcase what they do. And invite the students to join them in a team activity related to their craft. The last 10 minutes are dedicated to a Q&A with the Artist.

This program is based on the awareness of those traits and gifts that makes us unique and different from the rest. The importance of staying true to ourselves. We believe that difference is what makes us powerful. Even though it might feel weird. Stay Weird!