This past Sunday Skateistan transformed half of its skate facility into the jam-packed Youth, Arts, Peace! (YAP!) exhibition with work from over 300 students on display. A brightly painted butterfly built from broken skateboards hung on one wall, while student photography, poetry, comic strips and murals were displayed on all sides.
Equal to the time they spend on a skateboard, Skateistan students also get to express themselves through workshops in creative arts, such as photography, film production, theatre, sculpture, spray painting or illustration.
Since our students come from a range of socio-economic and educational backgrounds – with many who are illiterate or have never attended formal schooling – Skateistan uses art to “level the playing field.” Both literate and illiterate youth can participate in creative arts workshops equally, learning new multimedia and problem-solving skills together.