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Performance art gives students voice for change

By Derrick Kunz


SASKATOON — Drama, spoken word poetry and dance were used by students from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools to speak out against racism at the third annual Voices for Change performance art show held April 20 at Georges Vanier Catholic Fine Arts School in Saskatoon.

Students from the St. Edward EcoJustice program, the St. Mary Wellness and Education Centre, Georges Vanier, St. Marguerite School and Bishop James Mahoney High School used a variety of art forms to spread a message of compassion and equality for all.

“Students are learning about forms of oppression and how they can marginalize people,” said Rod Figueroa, a teacher at Georges Vanier. “Performance art can be powerful in giving a voice to people and creating change, locally, nationally and globally. Students become the teachers and send a meaningful message to parents and members of the community.”

Voices for Change is an initiative of the GSCS Anti-Oppressive Education Committee.

With 44 schools and nearly 17,000 students, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools provides Catholic education from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, rooting students in their faith, helping them grow in knowledge, and encouraging them to reach out and transform the world.

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