Category Archives: Opportunities & Resources

We’re On This Journey Together: A Racial Equity Listening Series

Youth performing at an Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) event.

What would racial equity look like in Massachusetts’ cultural sector?
What can artists, cultural workers, and organizations do to help dismantle systemic racism?
How can Mass Cultural Council support the sector in achieving racial equity?

While systemic racism has been a part of this country for 400 years, recent events have fomented a growing movement for racial equity and justice. Mass Cultural Council is taking this moment in time to embark on a restart and refocus of our work as it relates to racial equity, and we want to hear from you.

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Introducing the CREATE, CONNECT, and CATALYZE Framework

I believe in the power and mystery of naming things. Language has the capacity to transform our cells, rearrange our learned patterns of behavior and redirect our thinking. I believe in naming what’s right in front of us because that is often what is most invisible. – Eve Ensler

Over the past five years Mass Cultural Council, through its work with the CYD National Partnership, has been invested in clearly defining who we are as a field, what we value, and how we can best articulate the many practices and outcomes associated with Creative Youth Development (CYD). Documenting the beauty and depth of what transpires in CYD programs and understanding the crucial ingredients for success has been an important, yet elusive task.

Venn diagram showing how the notions of create, connect, and catalyze intersect into creative youth development

As long as caring and skilled adult artists have mentored young people in their chosen art form, CYD practices have thrived in communities across the United States. But what makes CYD programs different from other arts education experiences? The “Create, Connect, Catalyze” framework attempts to address this question by identifying three outcome areas of CYD programs. By weaving together perspectives from young people alongside perspectives from academic research on creative learning environments, the framework highlights how these creative learning experiences support young people’s connections to themselves, their peers, and their communities for the purpose of a more equitable and just society.

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Inspiration and Education – Aug 10

Cover art for the Toolkit for Health, Arts, Parks, & Equity (HAP-E).

Opportunities & Resources – Aug 3

Artwork by Käthe Swaback
Artwork by Käthe Swaback

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

Opportunities & Resources – June 22

Untitled piece by Joalis Ayala, Performance Project First Gen member.

Reopening Resources

Webinars

CYD Toolkit Series: Program Evaluation – June 23, 1-2pm
In this 7th webinar in the CYD Toolkit Series, Justin Jalea discusses trends and recommendations from his landscape paper on Program Evaluation, (an Americans for the Arts and the CYD National Partnership). He will be joined by practitioners that are integrating youth participation in program evaluation and using data to boldly and creatively demonstrate impact.

Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of Our Schools June 23, 5-6:30pm
A conversation with Bettina Love, Gholdy Muhammad, Dena Simmons and Brian Jones about abolitionist teaching and antiracist education.

Community Initiative Team Check-In on Public ArtJune 24, 3-4pm
Join Mass Cultural Council’s Community Initiative Team for a conversation on public art-and policy-making across the Commonwealth.

Mass Festivals: To Go Virtual or Not?June 25, 2-3:30pm
Join Mass Cultural Council’s Community Team for a virtual panel discussion on the decision-making process for doing online or virtual events.

American Policing and Protest: Abolition and Ethics from Slavery to Current Times – June 29, 1-2pm
The Radcliffe Institute will bring together experts to examine the historical roots of policing and responses to state violence.

Teens and CYD Alums

The Virtual National Youth Summit on Education, Justice, and Leadership – June 24, 1-1:30pm
A virtual opportunity to engage twice weekly with leading experts on education, justice, entrepreneurship, engineering, and more. Sessions begin each Wednesday at 1pm and 5pm.

Pandemic and Protests: An Online Town Hall for Black Teens  – June 26, 3-4pm
Processing the effects of systematic racism and the isolation of a pandemic at the same time is a lot, especially for teens separated from usual support systems like school and sports. This town hall connects Black teens and professionals to shed light on healing and activism.

BASQUAIT!Writing the Future Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation and learn more about Basquiat, his peers, and New York’s post-graffiti era. DIVE INTO “WRITING THE FUTURE”

Opportunities & Resources – June 15

Artwork by Kathe Swaback
Artwork by Käthe Swaback.

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.

Harvard/Radcliffe webinar on Music in the Moment on June 18 at 4-5pm. (Excellent past webinars, like Naming Racism, are also available online for free.)

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.

ArtsBoston offers 10 Podcasts to Make Your Commitment to Anti-Racism a Long Term One.

Artist Opportunities are posted every Tuesday on Mass Cultural Council’s ArtSake blog.

NPR aired a segment on encouraging white people to reflect on how race has shaped their lives: There Is No Neutral

Community Conversations

Boston Relief Artist Fund and Resources group meeting with Office of Arts and Culture, Artist Resource Manager Julia Ryan. June 16 4-5pm. Register now.

National Guild for Community Arts Education hosts:

Social Justice Resources

cover art for "No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide"

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

Resources for Talking with Young People

Resources for White Allies

Opportunities & Resources – June 5

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.

NAAC Boston Virtual Socials
The Network for Arts Administrators of Color (NAAC) Boston hosts virtual socials every Tuesday from 5-7pm on Zoom. Learn more.

PBS to Address Race and Racism in America through Broadcast and Streaming Content

  • June 5 at 9pm – Race Matters: America in Crisis: A PBS Newshour Special
  • June 15 at 9pm –  American in Black and Blue 2020

Learn More.

Weekly Call with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture
Each Friday from 3-4pm, the Mayor’s Office connects weekly (via video conference call) with local arts organizations to share a briefing on the coronavirus from the City, what resources are available to you, followed by time for you to voice your questions, concerns, and suggestions. Learn more.

Opportunities & Resources – May 27

Woman making a 2D art work at the Care Center in Holyoke. Photo: Käthe Swaback.Artists 14+

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.

Teaching Artists

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.

Survey for Creative Workers + Artists
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston and MassCreative are gathering information about creative workers and artists in Massachusetts to help advocate for freelancers, gig workers, and the self-employed in our cultural communities to get the support they need. Complete the survey.

Teens and CYD Alums

Books of Hope
Young people ages 13-19 are encouraged to submit to the Massachusetts Youth Writers Anthology 2020. This will be a published collection of poems and other pieces of writing from young people. Submission deadline: May 30.

826 Boston
The 826 Boston Youth Literary Advisory Board is now accepting poems, narratives, essays, and original artwork about self-identity to be featured in a professionally bound book. Students who are residents of Boston in grades 7-12 are welcome to submit their writing or artwork. Submission deadline: June 7 by midnight. Submit your work.

CYD National Youth Network Meeting
Every Friday from 7-8:30pm (ET) the National Youth Network offers a space for and by young artists ages 13-24 from all across the United States, to check in with each other, and to share challenges and opportunities to thrive together. Meetings explore different ways to combine art forms and artistically express, share, and create. Register to join.

CYD Programs

Adapting Culminating Events for Right Now in Creative Youth Development
Respond to this short survey to share your strategies, ideas, and challenges. CultureThrive and The Clare Rose Foundation will share the creative ways that young people and the programs they are part of are being nimble. Everyone who responds to the survey will receive the survey findings.

US/UK Longitudinal Study
The University of Florida and University College London invites participation in a study on enforced social isolation and mental health – the psychosocial effects of quarantine during COVID-19.

Image: Woman making a 2D art work at the Care Center in Holyoke. Photo: Käthe Swaback.

Resources Available from META Fellowship Learning

Dr Bettina Love leading a session with META Fellows in 2018.
Dr Bettina Love leading a session with META Fellows in 2018.

The META Fellowship, a partnership between Mass Cultural Council and The Klarman Family Foundation, is the first program of its kind to convene a statewide community of music educators and teaching artists.

In an effort to make the learning of the Fellowship more broadly available, we are pleased to announce that the META Fellowship web site is now live. The site contains resources that were created to meet shared needs in classrooms throughout the Commonwealth and a list of professional development opportunities that Fellows utilized during the pilot program. As the second cohort of Fellows complete their Fellowship, more resources and tools will be added.

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