Community in Action: Guíamos South OKC Community Celebration

On Saturday April 22, 2017 the OKC Southside Initiative, an innovative social work practicum unit of 6 interns instructed of Dr. Brady, co-hosted the Guíamos community event in South Oklahoma City. The focus of Guíamos was on bringing community members together to celebrate youth produced creative, literary, visual, and performance arts that were undertaken as part of the Southside Initiative’s winter/spring programming. The event also included a park cleanup, free food, great music, and interactive community design workshops for young people facilitated by expert urban planner Mr. James Rojas, and co-sponsored by the Urban Land Institute, OU Division of Regional & City Planning, and Southern Oaks Library. Other co-sponsors of Guíamos included; Parmelee Elementary School, Southern Oaks Community Center, and the Southern Oaks Library. This event would not have been possible without the support of Elemental Hip Hop, Jawanza Bassue, and the Cypher Crew and Mr. Ding from U.S. Grant High School. This event was made possible in part from funds obtained from the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize fund for Creativity in Motion. More than 350 community members attended the event. The OKC Southside Initiative will be sponsoring an additional exhibition of youth art on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 5-8PM at the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. This event will also be free and open to the public. The Southside Initiative is comprised of BSW students, Maggi Prigge, Heather Huey, and Sydney Cerza, as well as MSW students Courtney Hamilton, Elizabeth Schwaninger, and initiative coordinator and ACP student, Ms. Samara Herrera.

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