year round PROGRAMS
Practicing Art To Heal (PATH) is a multi-week program that implements artistry as tools for self-soothing and developing coping skills. By Focusing on personal reflection and deep listening in a supportive environment, the program makes space for participants to investigate their own beliefs, desire, and emotions without the pressure to conform to outside opinions. Artistic projects are allowed to grow overtime, and participants that wish to share their work are guided through the publishing process. Examples of published works include documentaries, podcasts, albums, and poetry books.
Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Programmatic content is completely customizable based on the needs of the group. Popular content options include:
Offers respite from the effects of bullying by using art making to cultivate self confidence and acceptance in a moderated environment.
Honors the legacy of loved ones by gathering in community to celebrate life and infuse the grief journey with artistic coping skills that produce tangible keepsakes.
Aimed at resilience & recovery, this program provides a haven for artistic reflection among groups of people with similar shared life experiences. With community building in mind, these collaborative workshops explore healing tactics designed to overcome the effects of trauma caused by circumstances involving racism, socio-economic inequities, gender based discrimination, and justice system involvement.
The class where beating on the table is acceptable!
Recommended Middle & High Schoolers.
From writing lyrics to making beats, and singing for audio recordings, StoryTunes allows young people to strengthen their literacy skills by setting their life experiences to music.
StoryTunes combines songwriting, music production, and publishing to practice written and verbal communication skills while fostering socio-emotional learning that forges entrepreneurial spirit.
Recommended for ages 10-14.
PLAYMAKERS is our program aimed at producing playwrights one story at a time.
We use vocab to collab and create plays featuring original prose & poetry while contributing to the confidence of young writers through socio-emotional learning.
PLAYMAKERS strengthens literacy by creating space for budding writers to build skills and share their art with peers in a supportive environment.
2022 Soar summer camp
(Camp registration is now closed. Contact us for info on upcoming camps)
Teens are guaranteed to have an exciting time on the set! Working alongside peers with the support of professional teaching artists, Future Filmmakers ages 13-17 will collaborate to create projects for a showcase on the last day, at the end of camp. Experience isn’t necessary, but it is welcome!
Camp includes four sessions that happen every Friday night in June on 6/4, 6/11, 6/18 & 6/25 from 530-830pm. Festivities are held at MBAA Firehouse, that are held at MBAA Firehouse located at 985 S. Bellevue Blvd, and Campers kick off each night with free food and fellowship followed by filmmaking fun!
Scene snippets from the 2022 SOAR Future Filmmakers showcase
Check out how these teens creatively devised and scripted original scenes about real life lessons learned. Refusing to be held back by what they didn’t have, these talented campers used cell phones and every inch of space at the MBAA Firehouse to produce nuggets of wisdom during the SOAR Future Filmmakers Camp! Working collaboratively, these blossoming artists dramatized, filmed, and edited scenes that they were able to share in a showcase for family and friends on the last day of camp.
From our biggest supporters
“Literacy is life…PLAYMAKERS helps young people live”
“I wish I could get kids into reading and writing the way PLAYMAKERS does ”
“I will be forever grateful for the staff at PLAYMAKERS. They gave my son confidence for life.”
“PLAYMAKERS is creating change in the lives of young people and remembering to keep it fun while they do it.”
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SOAR accepts programming support in a variety of ways, from donated writing supplies to tax deductible financial contributions. Please visit our contact us page to connect with a member of our team about becoming a donor.