Youth Artists Gather for Action Retreat


When students and families across the Commonwealth were relaxing during April vacation, over 50 teens and youth workers from nine Boston-area youth arts organizations came together for the 3rd Annual Youth Arts Action Retreat on April 21 at Zumix in East Boston.

Teens and youth workers from Zumix, Boch Center, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Community Art Center, Hyde Square Task Force, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Massachusetts Cultural Council, Mayor’s Youth Council of Boston, Sociedad Latina, and Urbanity Dance gathered to learn advocacy and storytelling skills and take action to build the youth arts community.

By asking the questions: What do you want? Who can give you what you want? How do you get that person to give you what you want” – teens used their advocacy skills to explore their dreams for building their schools, neighborhoods, and cities into vibrant, healthy, and equitable spaces.

In the afternoon, youth used their art as activism by responding to the question: “What would Boston look like without art?” Organized by arts discipline, youth created work through theater, music, dance, spoken word, and visual arts and performed for each other during an open mic. Teens are looking forward to engaging in advocacy around the state arts budget and inviting local legislators to youth arts event in the summer.

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