International High School

Cartwheel Initiative conducts workshops in New York City with students from The International High School (IHS) at Union Square in collaboration with The Children’s Museum of the Arts.

The group comprises of teenagers from Haiti, Senegal, Yemen, El Salvador, Gambia, Eritrea, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mexico and Nepal who are temporarily living in the U.S. due to conflict, violence or natural disasters in their home countries. Students use photography, animation, as well as written and spoken word to verbalize and visualize their personal stories of both the home they left behind and their current community in New York.

As our students cultivate their talents, achieve fluency in English, and consider the next steps of their lives as new members of the New York City community, their path provides a roadmap for other students facing similar circumstances. 

Below are a few of the multimedia pieces created during the workshops.

This video presentation gives an introduction to a few of the participants in the program.