Posted by tracey on:
One of the better developments in the Santa Barbara arts scene was not too long ago when Laura Inks was named Director of Education at The Granada. Working on creating programs for teens, she quickly realized that as good or interesting as your program is, it's really difficult to get kids to come.
So, Laura did something really smart - she asked the kids how they would like to participate. Engaging them in the creation of the program means they are already invested before it begins, teaches valuable skills and ensures that you really are serving your audience.
As you may guess they came up with an idea for a social network (ala Facebook) that is for Santa Barbara students who love the arts. http://sbyoutharts.ning.com/ With the help of a summer intern from Cal Arts and a local web-designer the students came up with this new website. Somewhere they could go to find and share resources, connect with other kids in the arts, post videos and publicize their events and activities in the arts, and find out about classes, jobs and auditions.
As with most social networks, the more people who participate, the deeper and richer the connects and content. Sign up and contribute!
Image: SBHS made it rain on stage - read how they did it at http://sbyoutharts.ning.com/