Join Mass Cultural Council’s Creative Youth Development BIPOC Alumni Council on May 20 from 6-7:30pm (ET) for a night of healing, creation, and connection. We invite alumni from CYD organizations from around the country to create with us. As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the Alumni Council wants to reflect on the importance of using one’s art as a way to prioritize the investment of one’s mental health. They hope for young artists to reconnect to their own artistic practices and to make connections with one another that go beyond this evening.
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→