This week, the Watermill Center is launching a new series of workshops for high school students, merging art with activism.

“ART + ACTIVISM: Social Justice Makers” invites students to explore the intersection of art and activism by working with teachers and artists, gaining firsthand experience investigating how art can be used to create social change. The series of workshops will culminate in a final project of public works.

The Watermill Center’s diverse and evolving education initiatives cultivate curiosity, wonder, and new methods of learning. Participants engage with their international Artists-in-Residence and local East End artists through multi-disciplinary workshops and studio visits. With an emphasis on the creative process, professionals in their fields lead interactive activities to inspire confidence through risk-taking and group activities within the local community.

Programs are designed to meet the needs of participants of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, while lessons by New York state-certified teachers provide an aligned curriculum for schools and classroom connections.

The Watermill Center’s ART + ACTIVISM workshop is free to join and open to all high school students. Community service hours can be arranged, and pizza will be provided to attendees.

Space is limited and advance registration is required through EventBrite. Workshops will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 2 and culminating on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

For more information, contact

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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