Attend a Forum on Youth Art, Power & Peace

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.

Our next forum will be facilitated by youth members of the Bloomberg Arts Internship Alumni Advisory Council and Mass Cultural Council’s CYD BIPOC Alumni Council. Join us as we explore themes of community building; processing and healing from trauma; and addressing the socio-emotional challenges of the pandemic through the lens of art making.​

Please note that Zoom information for the forum will be sent to registered attendees closer to the event.

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Register for Trauma and Arts-Centered Healing Workshops

Headshot of Renée Watson of left, and headshot of Dr. Tasha Golden on the right
Renée Watson, left, (Photo: Shawnte Sims) and Dr. Tasha Golden, right.

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.
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Youth Arts Impact Network Expands to Public-Private Partnership

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Students performing at 2018 Boston Public Schools Citywide Arts Festival on Boston Common. Photo: Elliot Haney.

Beginning in 2021 Mass Cultural Council will partner with EdVestors to extend the offer of services, expertise, and resources of the Youth Arts Impact Network (YAIN) to organizations across the Commonwealth. Through this expansion, Mass Cultural Council aims to support the state-wide Creative Youth Development (CYD) network with critical support in a time of changing program delivery models and focus areas.
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Creative Youth Development BIPOC Alumni Council Selected

9 thumbnails of the CYD BIPOC Alumni CouncilMass 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.)
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Opportunities & Resources – Jan 25

Screenshot from Springfield’s annual citywide Dr. King Day Celebration, a virtual event on Jan. 18, 2021 engaging 100s of youth musicians from Community Music School of Springfield’s Sonido Musica and spoken word artists from Enchanted Circle Theater.

Organized by areas identified in the Create, Connect, and Catalyze Framework
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Creative Youth Development

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