Arts at St. John’s, a ministry of St. John’s Methodist Church in Miami Beach, recently launched "Teens for Equality," an artistic performance ensemble to provide a visible presence and platform for youth, ages 13 to 19, to express their individuality, personality, and talent.
The ongoing program launched last week with "Be Who You Are,” a program of song, dance and drama, as well as the spoken word, that touched on social issues including teen sex, bullying, sexual orientation and identity, environmental concerns and more.
The project is directed by Lloyd Reshard, interim executive director of Arts at St. John’s, along with Drama Coach Christina Alexander and Music Coach Hamilton Gutierrez.
Reshard hopes the first performance will sow the seeds to grow a larger performance troupe of teens.
He said, “The mission of Teens for Equality is to show that LGBTQ and Allied youth can stand up in the face of injustice through performance and visual art. The program also helps teens to have a positive impact in teen issues, human rights and equality in South Florida.”