PHAT-Promoting Healthy Alternatives for Teens

Artist/Organization: University of Maryland Medical Center – Shock Trauma Center with The 5th L

Title: PHAT-Promoting Healthy Alternatives for Teens

Year created: 1998 – ongoing

Location: Baltimore, USA

Materials: Spoken word is part of a larger intervention.

What is the project’s piece’s impact? Participants are given a tour of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) – Shock Trauma Center (STC) and hear testimonials of victims and perpetrators of violence before participating in a spoken word workshop. The project exposes young people to the short and long term effects of street violence and allows them an arena to explore their feelings about the issue using spoken word.

How does this project relate to this change as art? Art creation via a spoken word workshop is part of the project. Participants in the program are exposed to “creative poets performing spoken word theatre, creative poetry and role playing activities to stimulate the youths awareness of risk-taking behavior associated with violence.” (source)

What makes this an artistic project? The spoken word component of the project is lead by The 5th L, who “intend to inspire the planet in a positive way using their lyrical content to provoke thought.” (source)

Notes: For more information see: http://www.umm.edu/shocktrauma/special_programs/violence_prevention_program_phat.htm

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