mc_cms_blueSq.jpg Young artists; rising advocates

On Tuesday, 15 youth arts groups came together for a day of advocacy training. The result: young artists are taking on roles as advocates.

Throughout the day, youth participants worked together to learn about storytelling. In an exercise led by Actors’ Shakespeare Project executive producer Sara Stackhouse, the crowd learned about telling three stories: the story of self, of us, and of now. Later on in the day, youth used their newfound storytelling skills to promote the work of their communities and arts organizations.

In the last session, Matt Gelman and Corey Depina from ZUMIX ran small group exercises focused on understanding the strengths of the youth arts community and the opportunities to expand and explore new work. These conversations proved to be helpful for helping participants understand their place as an individual in a larger, connected and vibrant community.

And of course, there was an immediate opportunity to take action. Youth were prompted to whip out their phones and sign the Arts in Action petition through text message. With 50 new signatures, the crowd helped bump the petition to over 3,000 signers! 

Shout out to all the youth participants and staff from the 15 groups that brought their energy and openness to the day: Institute of Contemporary Art, Hyde Square Task Force, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, ZUMIX, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Children’s Chorus, The Theater Offensive, The Urbano Project, Urbanity Dance, Artists for Humanity, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Community Arts Center, The Mayor’s Youth Council, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Creative Youth Development

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