About Seen & Heard

Creative youth development programs are a dynamic part of the arts education ecosystem that link creative experiences in the arts, sciences, and humanities to youth development. Through these programs, both in- and out-of-school, young people develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. These programs stimulate imagination and creativity, celebrate individuality and self-worth, encourage a sense of purpose, and foster deeper civic engagement.

For 20 years, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s YouthReach Initiative has invested in creative youth development programs that nurture the spirit of creative inquiry in young people otherwise pushed to the margins.

Through Seen & Heard the MCC aims to illuminate the voices and visions of these young people, and to encourage and provoke the dedicated creative youth development practitioners who shape and deliver these vital programs across our state and across the nation.

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Banner image photo credits: Men dancing – courtesy of Zumix; Women performing – courtesy of Berklee City Music; Painting detail from Anne Neely, 2010 MCC Painting Finalist.

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