The Leeds Youth Advisory Board consists of highly motivated high school leaders from the greater Winchester area. It meets biweekly to work on arts- based projects, strengthen leadership skills through seminars, and enhance the greater community through enrichment opportunities. For more information check out the Youth Board Facebook page here.
Each student chose a social justice issue they were passionate about, and created a quilt square based on the topic. The square was then sent to embroiderers, creating an inter-generational dialogue on many of these topics. The quilt was then pieced together, and was revealed to the public on August 14, 2021.
Outside Our Doors
2018-2019 Project. Members of the Youth Board spent months interviewing members of the Winchester community, hoping to capture voices and perspectives that are frequently silent, and worked with playwright Margo Buchanan to create an original play titled “Outside Our Doors.” Topics such as race relations, homelessness, addiction, sexual assault, domestic violence, and LGTBQ rights were addressed throughout the play.
From heart breaking to hopeful, this original play titled Outside Our Doors highlights the stories of the people of Winchester. Characters both marginalized and revered, emerge in this narrative about the realities and hardships of life. Along with special guest musician, Ben Sollee, the Youth Board invited audiences to consider how the people and events of a small town shape the fabric of a community.
Portals to Possibility
2017-2018 Project. Our very first project was titled “Portals to Possibility.” The Youth Board created a call for local artists to submit designs for a public art installation of doors in Downtown Winchester. The doors were based on themes of possibility, hope, and imagination.
It inspired the community through public art, while also increasing foot traffic and awareness through Downtown Winchester.
Energizing the community through the beauty and emotional power of the arts.