breaking walls artists are our writer-performers, and our ambassadors are the youth facilitators who were once writer-performers themselves. These young men and women are our best advocates for the excitement and effectiveness of “In My Neighborhood” in building empathy and understanding within their generation and communities.
Kofo from Brooklyn:
In my neighborhood I see the EMT’s saving an elderly man, who cries for his fallen wife and daughter, while a police car wails in the distance.
In my neighborhood I hear children playing with joy, who are oblivious of the dangers lurking in the shadows waiting to strike.
In my neighborhood I smell apple pie cooling down on the windowsill as I think of a family with the same kindness and sweetness as the pie itself.
In my neighborhood I taste sweet victory as I accomplish the goal of raising enough money to save my grandmother from the struggles and loneliness of a nursing home.
In my neighborhood I can touch the hands of my friends, who I love as brothers because of the bonds we share and the trials that have made us stronger.
In my neighborhood I feel that the hopes, desires, and visions of the past generation have been passed down to a new generation crafting serendipity of both sadness and serenity.
My neighborhood is an oasis of unity, a place full of issues and difficulties, but also where I can return one day and hope to see a continuation of peace.
Corinna from Berlin:
Manal from Bethlehem:
I hear the bullets passing through the houses, the tanks enclosing small streets.
I hear the sound of children crying and screaming with fear.
I see women watching their children shiver from fear.
But in a deep moment in my heart I feel hope that our life will change and this will change.
I see our freedom dawning.
I believe the time is within reach.
breaking walls ultimately expects to create an international community of artists who will know how to use creative writing and live theater performance as effective tools in
· Coping with environments of chaos and conflict;
· Effecting artistic and personal transformation that leads to lasting social change;
· Effecting understanding and empathy on a personal, neighborhood, community, national and international level.