Teaching Artists Gavin Bernard and Paras Chaudhari navigate challenging circumstances and search for solutions alongside resilient and creative Atlanta Public High School students.
The real, uncensored conversations exist to be an inspiration for other youth-serving educators to share stories of their own work.
Gavin Bernard and Paras Chaudhari are both creative professionals that began this journey without prior classroom experience.
With a passion and commitment to being the people they once needed, the two apply their experience in screenwriting, design, filmmaking, and theater to guide students through the storytelling process.
Visual Artists, Lyricists and Rappers, Actors and more. See what happens when the playing field is leveled and the students are given tools, resources, and pushed to be the best artists they can be.
The Mess comes in different forms.
For students, it is a lack of access and exposure to mentors and resources. They are hungry. They don’t feel safe in their own neighborhoods.
For Teachers, the Mess is trying to figure out how to get the students to care when you cannot serve their immediate needs.
- Level the playing field between Educator & Student.
- Adhere to the same standards you hold your students to.
- Be a Listening Artist before being a Teaching Artist.