They think they know everything, and are always quite sure about it.
- Aristotle, 4th Century BC
It’s time to bridge the generation gap!
We’re collecting questions for youth aged 14-18, then providing mentorship for them to create artistic responses.
Questions to be answered:
What makes you angry? (Geoff, 28)
When do you feel understood and appreciated by the adults in your life? (Anon)
If you could spend a month living with a family in any country in the world, where would you go? (Col, 34)
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? (Simon, 39)
What will it take to get you to be an active citizen: to vote—or even volunteer for a political campaign—when you turn 18? (Tamara)
What legacy has the previous generation left you with? (Patrick, 27)
What part of Calgary makes you feel the most at home? (Anon)
How do you see yourself involved in partisan politics? (Nancy, 62)
What challenge in the world would you most like to contribute to solving? (Vicki, 40)
What values do you prioritize in your life? Kai (21
How much time do you really spend on social media?
Who is a public figure you admire, and what do you admire about them?
What is your least favourite stereotype about youth and why?
What do you wish your generation can be known for, and what is the biggest misunderstanding about your generation?
If you were to enter the workforce today, what kind of values would you want your employer to have?
Downstage is a professional theatre company based in Calgary with a mandate to produce Canadian theatre that creates conversation around social issues. This season, we’re experimenting with ways to extend the conversation beyond our shows, many of which have touched on themes of the need for deeper listening to people who are “not like us”. In particular, we’ve noticed a trend of devaluing the experiences of younger people – whether it’s “millennials”, “GenZ” or teenagers. This is contrasted with inspiring examples of young people raising their voices to create change, including recent protests around gun control in the U.S.
Throughout 2018, we are gathering questions from Calgarians of different generations, then working with youth groups to create artistic responses to questions that interest them.