Art Helped me Speak Up for Myself

Most people who pass by our Public Art Youth Employment worksites are nothing short of supportive and encouraging, but on very rare occasions, you encounter a detractor. In this short video, Creative Art Works Youth Apprentice Sophia Ridley shares her story about finding her voice when confronted by an aggressive critic. 

Sophia was one of 15 young people from West Harlem who worked on the outdoor mural, "Melody of Harlem," which was painted for West Harlem Group Assistance at 500 West 141st Street in New York City. 

All our Youth Apprentices must address an audience in two formal settings -- once during the client presentation when they make the case for their design concept, and a second time during the unveiling when they present their finished work to the community. They also interact with interested members of the community and passers by throughout the painting process. These experiences build self-confidence and develop communication skills critical to success in business and academics. 


CAW Youth Apprentices address members of the community at the unveiling of the new mural for West Harlem Group Assistance, "Melody of Harlem."

CAW Youth Apprentices address members of the community at the unveiling of the new mural for West Harlem Group Assistance, "Melody of Harlem."


We would love to hear your thoughts about Sophia's story. Or, if you prefer, tell us about a time that you found the courage to speak up for yourself or deal with a difficult person. Please leave a comment.