Category Archives: Opportunity

Johnson String Project

The Johnson String Project is dedicated to ensuring that all students in El Sistema-inspired programs in Massachusetts have access to high quality string instruments.  But this is more than a simple ‘donate an instrument’ program.  Instead, students are guaranteed a quality instrument that they can exchange as they grow and can have them maintained and repaired at no cost.

Hear more about the origins of the Johnson String Project from Carol Johnson on MCC’s podcast, Creative Minds Out Loud.

Apply Now for 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards LogoThe President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The 12 award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Access the online application.

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process and are due by Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00 PM PST.

Join AFTA’s Creative Youth Development Webinar, Tweet Chat on Sept. 15

Learn more about Creative Youth Development as part of Americans for the Arts’ (AFTA) webinar series: “Arts Education: What You Need to Know” on Tuesday, September 15 at 3pm. MCC’s Dr. Erik Holmgren will join partners from the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities, and National Guild for Community Arts Education, to discuss this emerging field. Register for the 20-minute webinar, and continue the conversation in Twitter using #CYD from 8-9pm (ET).

Join MCC to Launch New Youth Music Program & Film on El Sistema

Please join the Massachusetts Cultural Council at 3pm on Monday, December 1st at Artists for Humanity EpiCenter for an exciting event to launch our new creative youth development initiative and celebrate the ongoing work of our sector’s role in helping young people achieve their full potential.

The event will feature the launch of MCC’s new music initiative, SerHacer, and will feature the sneak preview of a powerful new documentary film about El Sistema in the United States. The film’s director, Jamie Bernstein, will join us to discuss the documentary, and how it continues the work of her father, the legendary Leonard Bernstein, to bring the power and joy of music to young people.

Building upon MCC’s nationally renowned YouthReach Initiative, SerHacer (To Be, To Make) is the first public program in the U.S. to support work inspired by El Sistema. Begun in Venezuela and now in dozens of countries worldwide, the El Sistema model supports ensemble music making to help children improve academic performance and develop valuable leadership skills that carry over to school, work, and life. Through grants, technical support, and services to schools and afterschool music programs, MCC will welcome our new grantees into an exciting national conversation around creative youth development.

We will also be joined by a group of state and national leaders in the arts and arts education: Bob Lynch, CEO, Americans for the Arts; Jonathan Herman, Executive Director, National Guild for Community Arts Education; Traci Slater-Rigaud, Director, National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards; Matt Wilson, Executive Director, MASSCreative; Susan Rodgerson, Executive Director, Artists for Humanity; state and local elected officials; leaders and young people from YouthReach programs & other education partners in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Please RSVP by Friday, November 21st.

Youth Video Contest: The Germ Challenge

Cubist Pharmaeuticals and the Cambridge Science Festival are challenging 15-20 year olds to create a video, 30 sec. – 5 min. long, that explains what a germ is to a 5th grade audience.  (Contestants DO NOT need to live in Cambridge.)

Entries must be accurate, thorough, creative, engaging, and fun. Entries will be judged first by a panel of Cubist scientists and then by a panel of 5th graders.

  •  The individual winner will receive a GoPro video camera.
  • The team/class winner will receive a $1500 gift certificate to buy hands-on science supplies.
  • Deadline to enter is March 28.

Simply post the entry on YouTube or Vimeo and send the link to: CambridgeSciFest@gmail.com. Please include your full name and age in the email.

Both winning videos will be shown at the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival. Learn more.

Tip of the Iceberg: Showcase of Current Work

Detail of the Care Center Invite.

Next stop on the anniversary tour of the state, Holyoke.  Hosted by the Care Center, young people showcase their poetry, theater, photography, and other skills at the Wistariahurst Museum on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 4:30-6:30 pm.  This event is the third in a series, part of the yearlong celebration marking 20 years of funding through the YouthReach Initiative.  Come soak up the inspiring visions of young people from Holyoke, Amherst, Ware, Springfield, Worcester, and others.

Youth Showcase at IBA on January 16

Charge up for the new year. On January 16, 2014 Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion hosts La Lengua del Poder (The Language of Power), a showcase of young people freeing their voices through visual art, theater, music, movement, and poetry. Free. 6-9pm. Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., Boston. Part of the YouthReach 20th anniversary celebration.

La Lenqua Del Poder event flyer

Urbano’s Urban Myths + The Dream Machine

Preparation for Urbano's Dec. 2013 show

Teens at Urbano are busy preparing their winter exhibition, Urban Myths + The Dream Machine, which opens December 17, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm. This is the second exhibition of their yearlong theme, “The Emancipated City: Reimagining Boston,” and will showcase art combining video, performance, installation, and sound, all created by young artists in partnership with their teaching artist mentors. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at 284 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain.