Personal Manifestos

Activity Steps:

Create a manifesto that expresses your own point of view.

1. Understand:
A manifesto is a public declaration of the policy or intention of an individual or a group, written by the person or people whose views it reflects. Often a manifesto expresses not only a specific opinion on a particular issue, but a whole worldview.
2. Write:
Compose your own personal manifesto in the form of an essay or a poem. It should be based on your background, beliefs, conflicts, passions, desires, and the political issues with which you identify. Topics to explore can include:
  1. What do you value?
  2. What are you drawn toward?
  3. What inspires you?
  4. Where do your ideas come from?
  5. What are your personal boundaries?
  6. How would you describe your attitude or approach to creativity
If you are having difficulty coming up with a form for your manifesto, you can use the following phrases to get started:
I am
I come from
I believe
I wonder
I hope
I was taught to think
I was told to believe
I am sometimes afraid
I wish to change
I will
I will not
I hope
I am committed to
I will not rest until
Together, we will make a difference when
3. Edit:
Trade your rough draft with a partner and edit each other's work. Rewrite.
4. Optional:
Draw pictures, or cut and paste from magazines or some other source, to accompany your personal manifesto.
5. Present:
Read your manifesto to the class and receive constructive criticism from your peers.
6. Reflect:
In your journal, reflect on how artists use symbols, words, and actions to convey political or social beliefs.