Doors open until Sunday, June 10.
WE RISE is a festival of art and community building, uniting our collective efforts to stand up and help create a city, state, nation and world that fosters empowerment of health and wellbeing as a civil right. Through powerful programming, live performances, immersive workshops, inspiring wellness events and a world class art exhibition, together we will manifest an era where youth are supported to reach their fullest potential and our communities can thrive.
WE RISE challenges us to see that creativity, community and collective action has the power to change the culture, climate and systems. People need support to heal and thrive. Individual and collective traumas can tragically manifest as addiction and gang affiliation, anxiety and suicide. It’s time to take action and reimagine what’s possible.
This generation is demanding more from their schools, their doctors, their government each other. At WE RISE, we come together, artists and activists, students and workers, to join to create a healthier and more just society.
Suffering is part of human life. Yet, much of the suffering we see today is clearly linked to poverty and unequal access to resources. All young people have the right to face and tackle their suffering with community support, resources and affordable care. Every human has the right to thrive.
We need to address trauma and create resources for wellbeing. We imagine a world where schools consistently divert students away from prison and towards their dreams. Our systems must be redesigned to answer the needs set by our communities. We deserve it!
Trauma is everywhere and it needs to be addressed. One in four Americans will face a trauma before they turn four years old, yet most won’t recognize it let alone receive professional care for the harm that may follow. At the root of these issues we often find intergenerational silence, systemic racism, poverty and inequity - all which result in stigma. We are bigger than our trauma and must work together to end the stigma that stops us from seeking help. Together, it is possible to heal.
This generation has taken action to illuminate the issues preventing them from accessing the future they deserve. The time is now. We are ready for brave conversations and a transformative culture shift. We are ready to take healing and wellbeing seriously. Our wellbeing is critical to our future.