- Keep it simple. Discard what’s nonessential. Spark joy. MIT and Harvard researchers recommend strategies for teaching this fall
- Great little film explaining why Zoom is so difficult with music and also giving some hope with JackTrip. Playing Music Together Online Is Not As Simple As It Seems
- 5 Museum Curators Share The Artwork They’ve Missed The Most
- To learn more about how developmental relationships can be used in your work with young people, download the Search Institute’s, Relationships First: Creating Connections That Help Young People Thrive. Continue reading Inspiration and Education – Aug 10
Reopening Resources can be found on Mass Cultural Council’s site. For Public Events and Performance Venues see the State Reopening Guidelines for sectors that have been categorized under Phase 3 of reopening, including indoor and outdoor events, indoor recreation, museums and cultural facilities, and theaters and performance venues.
Create, Connect, Catalyze Framework – key impact areas essential to creative youth development. Developed by the CYD National Partnership. Continue reading Opportunities & Resources – Aug 3
Just a year ago, Hannah Parker was part of a group of dedicated teens ages 16-19, from the Creative Youth Development (CYD) organization, Raw Art Works. In my former role there as artistic director, I facilitated an art project, designed for Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, where teens created a body of spinning art for the hallways of the hospital entitled, “Project Revolution.” One of the questions that the young artists replied to was, “What core elements are needed to help you revolve and propel toward your future with greater mental, physical, and emotional health?” Hannah responded with a beautiful art piece and the wish, “When this art spins I want people to understand their worth. We are capable of changing the world and the worlds of other people, we just have to believe in ourselves.” The following captures some of the conversation between Hannah and I, as she shares her wisdom regarding health, outrage, and next steps in creating systems of change.
Continue reading We Must See Ourselves as Catalysts
- Governor’s plan to reopen Massachusetts. (MASSCreative is collecting any questions you may have about the plan.)
- Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 and Many Day Camps Are Choosing To Reopen, But Should Your Child Attend?
- Reopening the Cultural Sector in U.S. Cities
- Webinar Recap: Understanding Audiences: Early Results from Culture and Community in Time of Crisis Survey
- COVID-19: Prepare, Mitigate, Recover, an online community platform created by the Theatre Communications Group.
- U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Community Care in the Time of Coronavirus, a diverse resource list for addressing social justice as it pertains to the nation’s reaction to the COVID-19 emergency, including, ART BECAME THE OXYGEN: AN ARTISTIC RESPONSE GUIDE
Call to Action: Recently submitted bill H.4755 will set aside and distribute funds to support non-profit arts & cultural organizations in the wake of COVID-19. We encourage organizations and individuals to submit testimony in support of this bill by June 16, 2020 at 5pm. Learn more.
In a 17 minute film, Segregated by Design examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
Continue reading Opportunities & Resources – June 15
The core values of Creative Youth Development – racial equity and social justice, youth voice, and collective action – must be centered now more than ever.
Resources for Talking about Race
- Talking About Race (National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian)
- The Four I’S of Oppression and Paying Attention to White Culture and Privilege: A Missing Link to Advancing Racial Equity (courtesy EdVestors)
- Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus (JSTOR Daily)
- No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide (The Center for Cultural Power)
- Brené with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist
New Narratives: Reclaiming Asian Identity Through Story
Call for Artists: Unbound Visual Arts invites Boston-area Asian and Asian American creatives to submit work that explores notions of Asian identity within the U.S. Deadline: June 22, 2020.
Teaching for Equity and Justice: An Online Equity Summit
Facing History and Ourselves hosts the online seminar from July 20-23, 2020. Learn more.
Advocate for Arts Education during COVID-19
MassCreative offers some actions you can take.
Continue reading Opportunities & Resources – June 5
Radical Imagination for Racial Justice
MassArt and the City of Boston announced a $1.2 million award from the Surdna Foundation to support artists of color who live or work in Boston (artists of all ages 14+) who are excited to bring to life their visions of a racially just society. This three-year regranting program titled Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ) is in partnership with MassArt and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, who will distribute funds to artists seeking to advance racial justice through 260 collaborative projects in their communities. Application deadline extended to July 8, 2020.
Nominations Open for 2020 ATA Awards
The Association of Teaching Artists Awards aim to increase the visibility of teaching artists working within the arts in education and community arts fields, and celebrate the organizations and institutions where they work as well as honor innovation in teaching artistry. Nominations will be accepted for: Innovation in Teaching Artistry Award, Teaching Artist Ally Award, Distinguished Service to the Field Award. Teaching artists of any artistic discipline are eligible for consideration. Nominations will be accepted until June 5, 2020. Submit a nomination.
Continue reading Opportunities & Resources – May 27
The following piece originally appeared in Mass Cultural Council’s Power of Culture blog, and was written by Mina Kim, Käthe Swaback, and Timothea Pham.
Inside an unassuming Victorian-era building, just west of downtown Holyoke, is one of the nation’s most distinctive creative community development initiatives: The Care Center. It is an example of what can happen when culture and creativity form the foundation to dismantle systemic barriers for individuals, as well as communities.
Enter The Care Center, and on every wall, there is art by the students. Poems that probe the multiplicity of humanity’s realities fill the hallways. Drawings, photographs, and paintings are thoughtfully arranged and reflect various facets of each individual’s personality, journey, or a moment in time. Reminders of upcoming deadlines with the Department of Transitional Services, illustrated alphabet posters for toddlers, and notices of upcoming events hang all around. Young women’s voices, sighs, exclamations, and laughter float through the building, as each is a part of a transformative effort that seeks to break the cycle of poverty.
Continue reading Listen Deeply, Move Boldly: How The Care Center Builds Community
Mass Cultural Council is proud to award 15 new Amplify grants for 2020 totaling $22,500. Directed to projects designed and executed by young people in programs receiving YouthReach or SerHacer funding, Amplify furthers the Commonwealth’s investment in youth leadership and empowerment.
Continue reading Announcing 2020 Amplify Grants