Sara Sarmiento is an Idea Girl from Miami, Florida. She is currently finishing up her senior year of high school and plans to attend Mount Holyoke College, an all women's college, in the fall. She just received a full-ride scholarship for her hard work. Sara created the Artivist: a project dedicated to providing a platform for young activists to promote social awareness by exposing issues through the use of art.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
Quite a bit, to say the least! I am a Student Producer for the Holocaust Impact Theatre project which promotes awareness towards social injustice in the form of a student written and produced show. I created "Helping Underclassmen Grow Successfully" (H.U.G.S) at my school, which is a mentoring program to help students succeed under the rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum at Coral Reef High School. I volunteer weekly at a local hospital. I participate in Model UN, Speech and Debate, the Global Issues and Connectivity Club, HOBY, and several honor societies. Oh, and I created my own personal project: The Artivist!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?
Well, I came up with the idea to start a personal project after participating in the Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) World Leadership Congress in Chicago in 2015. There I realized that I could pursue my passions and make a difference with them. For months I toyed with different ideas to combine my love for the arts and my passion for social awareness into a worthy effort full of impact. Eventually, with the help of close friends and family, the basis for the idea was born, and "The Artivist" came to be.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA.
The Artivist is a project dedicated to providing a platform for young activists to promote social awareness by exposing issues through the use of art. Art can be a microphone for the injustices that trouble our generation. The news is often plagued with heavy stories about war, inequality, and prejudice. These stories, however, can be hard for the youth to swallow, leading to apathy among our peers. We want a young generation who is aware of their surroundings and willing to defend their future. By promoting social awareness through the use of art, we hope to spark interest in those who have never given injustice a second thought. Finding solutions to prejudice, apathy, and bigotry can be simpler than it seems; the first step is taking a stand against apathy. It is a bold ambition which can only be done by speaking up!
WHAT ARE SOME CHALLENGES YOU'VE FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I am a full-time high school student in the International Baccalaureate program, so time management is a daily issue. In an ideal world, I would spend every day working on this project and advocating it through every medium possible. However, I, as well as other contributing members of this project, have to put school and family first. Another issue is finding the few individuals who care about an issue so passionately that they are willing to share their creativity with the world to unveil it. These individuals are few and far between, but finding one is truly a treasure. Each and every one of them make this project possible.
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
This project runs on stories that need to be heard, and artists that are willing to tell them. I need help finding individuals who wish to contribute in either of these areas. If you care about an issue, but know not how to bring it to life, The Artivist can pair a story with an artist to bring this matter its much needed relevance. Whether through paintings, poetry, interpretive dances, sketches, photography, skits, essays, speeches, videos... this project would love to reach out to creative individuals seeking to make a difference in the world. Overall, The Artivist needs people willing to speak up and make a change.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG GIRLS THAT WANT TO MAKE THEIR IDEA HAPPEN?
People will always have opinions about your idea, and not all of them will be encouraging. Find those who share your passions, and turn those passions into tools! That's all you need to mute the forces that might try to pull you down on your climb to the top.... Your. Idea. Matters.
WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING ON YOUR IDEA, WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?
Writing, painting, reading, public speaking, traveling and keeping up with politics.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
"Your life begins at the end of your comfort zone"
If you know a girl with a story like Sara's, nominate her to be our next featured Idea Girl!