The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Creative Youth - Mass Cultural Council News March 2021



WHAT: Creative Youth - Mass Cultural Council Events, News and Opportunities  
WHEN: March 2021
WHERE: Online 

Register for Trauma & Arts-Centered Healing Workshops

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.
An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Approaches: Considering trauma responsiveness, healing, and “do no harm” in arts-based programs and activities. (March 26)
Trauma, Social Justice, the Arts, and Healing: Discussion on the role of the arts in addressing trauma and supporting health through advocacy, storytelling, narrative change, and social connection. (April 9)

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Watch Poetry Out Loud State Semi-Finals March 6-8, Finals March 14

Join us for the Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts broadcasts of:
Semi-Finals: Central & Western MA, March 6 at 10am
Semi-Finals: Eastern MA, March 7 at 10am
Semi-Finals: Boston, March 8 at 7pm
State Finals, March 14 at 9:30am

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students that celebrates the power of the spoken word and mastery of public speaking skills. Watch these students take poetry from the page to the stage.



Forum on Youth Art, Power & Peace

A Youth-Led Virtual Forum on Building Community and Healing through Art Making

March 19, 2021, 3:30-5pm

Join us as we explore themes of community building; processing and healing from trauma; and addressing the socio-emotional challenges of the pandemic through the lens of art making.

This forum will be facilitated by youth members of the Bloomberg Arts Internship Alumni Advisory Council and Mass Cultural Council's CYD BIPOC Alumni Council. It's co-hosted by EdVestors, the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, and Mass Cultural Council.

Please note that Zoom information for the forum will be sent to registered attendees closer to the event.

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Youth Arts Impact Network Expands to Public-Private Partnership

Students performing at 2018 Boston Public Schools Citywide Arts Festival on Boston Common. Photo: Elliot Haney.

Beginning in 2021 Mass Cultural Council will partner with EdVestors to extend the offer of services, expertise, and resources of the Youth Arts Impact Network (YAIN) to organizations across the Commonwealth. Through this expansion, Mass Cultural Council aims to support the state-wide Creative Youth Development (CYD) network with critical support in a time of changing program delivery models and focus areas.

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Creative Youth Development BIPOC Alumni Council Selected

Nine alumni from Mass Cultural Council-supported Creative Youth Development (CYD) programs have been chosen to be involved in a six-month pilot and serve in a paid position as a CYD BIPOC Alumni Council Member. (BIPOC is an abbreviation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Approximately 80% of the young people in CYD programs in Massachusetts identify as BIPOC.)

The goal of this Alumni Council is to provide opportunities for CYD alums to find support with each other, utilize and build platforms for their voices and visions, and for Mass Cultural Council to work together to better hear and to infuse youth voice into the work of systemic, social change in Massachusetts.

Meet the CYD BIPOC Alumni Council Members


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