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Art & Activism: Civic Engagement Through Creative Expression




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Art is one of the most powerful ways for people to express themselves and make their voices heard. The Institute will explore how art serves as a form of civic expression, and the power of art to invigorate civic discourse. Educators and community leaders will share how they are harnessing art and creative expression to help young people contribute to the civic life of their communities.

Moderator:

Panelists:

  • Julie Burros, @julieburros , Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston
  • Jason E. Talbot, @afhboston , Co-Founder/Special Projects Director, Artists for Humanity
  • Karen Gross, @KarenGrossEdu , Senior Counsel, Finn Partners and Senior Fellow, Complete College America
  • Dr. Tony King, @tkingboston , Headmaster, Boston International Newcomers Academy, @BINcA_BPS

The Institute is currently featuring two original art exhibitions that demonstrate how art is a powerful tool for people to make their voices heard:

From Her Beacon is a mural created by the students from Boston International Newcomers Academy, made up of nine original pieces depicting the Statue of Liberty.

Immerica is a participatory mural created by student-artists from Artists for Humanity, celebrating the diversity of our community.

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