The Power of Civic Engagement

Empowering Youth Through Engagement & Education

The Mizel Museum’s events for Denver area students are engaging and meaningful. Programs are based on the theme that lies at the heart of our permanent exhibit 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparkstikkun olam. “Gathering sparks” is often understood to be the origin of tikkun olam, which is Hebrew for “healing the world.” By promoting civic engagement in fun and creative ways, we hope to inspire students to live and grow in the spirit of tikkun olam.

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The Power of Civic Engagement: Step Into Leadership was held January 31 and February 2, 2012. Bridging the wise and the curious, this program inspired youth to stand up and make a difference in their communities. Living Word Architect, community builder and youth advocate, Adrian Molina returned as host of this extraordinary program, with three outstanding Civil Rights Activists: Carlotta WallsLaNier of the Little Rock Nine and professors and human rights activists Helen Giron and Sheldon Steinhauser. Step Into Leadership was open to all middle and high school students.

Through stories and music, the program, now in its second year, was designed to empower youth to engage in public dialogue. There were live performances, video, student involvement and interactive exercises with the audience.

Carlotta Walls LaNier is one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African American students who were the first to integrate a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. At the age of 14, she became an icon of bravery and tenacity. Walls LaNier speaks frequently to groups of all ages around the country. Adrian Molina is a poet, rapper, historian and futurist whose eclectic music spans the genre of hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz, spoken word and experimental. Molina cleverly blends entertainment with substance during performances at entertainment and cultural venues, schools, galleries, museums and community centers.

For information about programs in 2012-2013 email Deanne Kapnik or call 303-749-5019.