Teen Writers and Artists Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing youth-led artistic communities across normalized boundaries and providing all young people with access to quality programs and mentorship opportunities in the arts (including creative writing, performance, visual art, music, dance, theater, etc.), especially in areas where such opportunities are scarce or inaccessible.
We are raising funds this holiday season in order to continue providing free and low-cost arts programming for these youth-led artistic communities. We typically host upwards of 30 events per year including free workshops, open mics, and featured artists at our wordplay events, as well as visual art showcases, community-wide poetry slams, and more. With a small, mostly volunteer staff, a dwindling budget, and a packed calendar, we need to raise more funds in order to meet the needs of our community.
Our vision is that all young people will be able to join a community of other creative young people where they feel safe enough to take risks, develop their artistic talents, and explore their personal identities and interests, with access to every resource necessary to realize their creative visions and projects.
Any and every contribution to Teen Writers and Artists Project brings us a step closer to achieving this vision. We are so thankful for your support this holiday season. We also invite you to attend our Holiday Giving Kickoff Event on Tuesday, November 28th at our HQ in Elgin, IL. There will be raffles, hot chocolate, live performances, and a chance to visit with the T-WAAP team. For more details on the event, visit our Facebook event page.