Ever since I first came up with the idea for Heart2Art, I contemplated the reason for why we wanted to focus on impacting our generation. Why not adults? Why not all people?
Well, of course, we do wish to reach out to people of all ages and identities, but there is a real reason for why we decided to focus our project on our world's youth. Partially, it was because I am a part of this generation. I know what they prefer, what impacts them, and what they value. The other, and arguably the more significant, part of the reason for why we wanted to reach out to teens was because we wanted our generation to start stepping up and taking responsibility. Our world isn't going to change on its own, and our role in the advancement of society is more important then one may think. Our generation is struggling to find its voice. We call ourselves heroes for tweeting about a protest in Los Angeles, but we never see the need for us to get up and really do something worthwhile. Even furthering my point, barely any teens will even take the time to post something on social media about issues in our world, let alone using a tweet to bring attention to a protest. When did we stop having opinions? When did we stop standing up for them? If you have a platform, use it to make a statement.
This brings me to a question I have been asking myself for some time now: What could our project do to inspire teens to make a change? We aren't making any changes because we don't have opinions, and we don't have opinions because we stopped caring, and this is because we aren't educated. So, this is where I came up with our new series, Taco Bout It! I wanted to create a platform for local teens to speak their mind and a place where teens can learn about current events, so this will be a series where they get to do just that. In each episode, our host, Karly Low, will have a different guest on and discuss everything that needs to be discussed (from politics to favorite TV shows).
Wait! There's more!
We didn't want to make a basic podcast-style series. Oh, no. What did we do to fix this? We added tacos. Along with discussing current events and societal issues, Karly will be introducing a new taco shop each episode. Plus, the host and guest will be eating tacos while they discuss Donald Trump's presidency, Europe's immigration crisis, and everything in between. At the end, we get a little food review.
Needless to say, I'm excited for the series. This series will provide teenage insight into our world's pressing issues and also provide some cool food stuff.