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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Additional Resources

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    Join the Kennedy Institute for a virtual conversation on the movement to lower the voting age and the power of coalitions to push for change from both a historical and modern perspective. Participants include an original member of the Youth Franchise Coalition that was instrumental in the passage of the 26th Amendment and current activists working on voting rights and lowering the voting age to 16 years old.

  • Getting to the Point with Larry Tye

    New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye will join the Institute for a discussion on his new book, “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator McCarthy,” and the parallels to today’s political leadership.

  • Getting to the Point on Voting Rights

    Join the Kennedy Institute for a conversation on voting rights and hear from former Congressional staff who helped ensure passage of the Voting Rights Act, grassroots organizations that garnered national support for the landmark legislation, and how the United States is currently facing similar crises around disenfranchisement.