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In Dallas, Texas, the Cara Mía Theatre Co. works to expand horizons for tomorrow’s young adults. The School of YES! is a mobile academy offering a wide range of artistic activities, helping children to discover new alternatives for their future.
How best to combat the ill effects of social determinism? Founded in Dallas, in 1996, the Cara Mía Theatre Co. promotes arts and culture from around the world through The School of YES!, encouraging underprivileged children to take a proactive approach in their own lives, quite literally saying ‘Yes!’ to the future of their choice through access to cultural activities often otherwise beyond their reach.
The School of YES! offers residencies and workshops in Dallas throughout the school year, followed by a summer camp, for underprivileged children aged 7 to 14. The mobile academy enables children to study theatre, music, dance, the visual arts, personal development and urban planning – activities otherwise unavailable in their schools or neighbourhoods.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports the programme’s recognition of the importance of skills training and creative know-how for enhanced personal development in a multicultural context.
2014 saw the launch of the programme’s first large-scale summer camp, providing free activities and accommodation for fifty children. Nine students aged 15 and up were chosen to train as Youth Leaders, receiving paid placements as supervisors and activity leaders for the youngest camp members, and producing a documentary film charting the progress of the children over the summer. The summer session ended with a large group production, performed in public.
The project is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its H³ programme (Head – Heart – Hand).