QJC Afrikan Poetry Theater Community Benefit Project

On a January 2014 Community Benefit Project, the Queens Justice Corps Members cleaned and repainted a local arts organization, the Afrikan Poetry Theater, and worked with the Theater of the Oppressed to create an original performance based on the experiences of the young adults. The Corps Members and actors from the Theater of the Oppressed held two performances incorporating audience feedback and participation. These performances led to powerful discussions among young people and community members—and restored the physical beauty of a cherished local arts venue.