A Youth-Led Virtual Forum on Building Community and Healing through Art Making
March 19, 2021, 3:30-5pm
A year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced teachers and students to pivot to remote learning. In response, Mass Cultural Council began facilitating bi-weekly CYD Community Meetings to support the field during this new reality. We also co-hosted a series of forums on Remote Learning in Arts Education and Creative Youth Development alongside EdVestors and the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
An international World Health Organization study found that 70% of respondents had experienced at least one type of trauma in their lifetime (Magruder et al., 2016). Over the last year, trauma in the cultural community has become even more prevalent due to the long-term toxic stress of the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and the injustices of racial inequality.
Trauma disproportionately impacts communities of color and young people, who are often already living with inadequate resources and access to power. Given these impacts, Mass Cultural Council is offering two workshops focused on understanding trauma and supporting healing in our community. Led by Dr. Tasha Golden and Renée Watson, these sessions will focus on how the arts can support healing, share and amplify the experiences of trauma and healing, and help transform policies and structures that perpetuate inequities. Continue reading Register for Trauma and Arts-Centered Healing Workshops→
Mass Cultural Council works with 73 Creative Youth Development programs that partner with more than 9,000 youth across the Commonwealth. Nine alumni from these programs (ages 18-24) have been chosen to be involved in a six-month pilot and serve in a paid position as a Creative Youth Development (CYD) BIPOC Alumni Council Member. (BIPOC is an abbreviation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Approximately 80% of the young people in CYD programs in Massachusetts identify as BIPOC.) Continue reading Creative Youth Development BIPOC Alumni Council Selected→
To create systemic change, steps need to be taken for alums in the field of Creative Youth Development (CYD) to enter into, inform, and begin to change the often closed-off worlds of power and privilege in philanthropy.
With a desire to learn and deepen our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of Mass Cultural Council, we wish to provide opportunities for CYD alums to find support with each other, to utilize and build platforms for their voices and visions, and to work together to build more equitable programs, networks, and systems. Continue reading Wanted: BIPOC CYD Alumni to Serve on New Youth Council→