Public Programs

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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    Visit the Kennedy Institute over Presidents Day Weekend 2019 to enjoy exhibits, activities, and programs, including the popular Future Senator program which introduces 5 through 11 year-old visitors to the legislative process.

  • Women in Leadership: Massachusetts Trailblazers

    As Massachusetts and the nation see more women than ever serving in government, a panel of political leaders will discuss their pathways to civic leadership, insights from the campaign trail to creating change in public office, and how to increase and diversify women’s political representation at all levels of government in the Commonwealth.

  • We the People High School Competition

    The Edward M. Kennedy Institute hosts the annual We the People competition, the culmination of a nationally acclaimed curriculum-based civic education program that helps students understand the history, philosophies, and evolution of constitutional government.