Poetry, song, dance, film, literature, and many other art forms are central to the HFB curriculum. Students participate in the curriculum through a daily language arts class at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, along with weekly after-school meetings.
The arts are used both as a lens for examining social justice issues as well as a starting point in a dialog about difficult issues. Race, culture, religion, and privilege are hard to talk about – especially when people from opposing sides are engaging in the dialog. Art is a powerful tool for unity. Oftentimes coming together in song or dance can establish a human bond that allows students to later address those harder issues in conversation.