Thank you all for participating in the Mass Cultural Council Institute – Unleashing the Power of Culture - on March 17th. Five hundred of you came from cities and towns across the state to meet your colleagues, learn from others and understand your importance as an economic driver in your communities. What incredible energy you brought with you and we here at the Mass Cultural Council are so inspired by the work that you are doing day in and day out to weave the Power of Culture into the fabric of your communities. Thank You!


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Saturday, March 17 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Amplifying Youth Voices

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Our youth have tremendous capacity to be a visible and audible part of developing safe and thriving communities throughout the Commonwealth. Are you tapped into young people? Are they included in the decisions you make about programs that are designed to serve them? Join this session, moderated by the outspoken and wonderful literary performer Regie Gibson, to find out more about organizations that are youth-led, including youth members of a local cultural council. We all have a voice. How we use it is what matters.

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Tal Dassau

Youth Member, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council
Tal Dassau is a sophomore at Acton-Boxborough Regional High school. She enjoys computer programming, reading, and writing. For her young age she has achieved a multitude of accomplishments in academics and sports. Academically, Tal has earned high honor roll consistently for the past... Read More →
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Natalie Dawn

Youth Member, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council
Natalie Dawn is a sophomore at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and is a youth member of the Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council. She is part of her high school’s yearbook club and the InterAct club. In her free time, Natalie enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking. She also volunteers... Read More →
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Regie Gibson

Literary Performer
Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Regie has performed with and composed texts for the Boston City Singers, the Mystic Chorale and the Handel+Haydn Society. He’s been published in Poetry Magazine, Harvard’s Divinity Magazine... Read More →
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Dawry Ruiz

Independent Artist; Youth Member, ZUMIX
Dawry Ruiz is a local Boston artist who uses the mediums of rapping, spoken word poetry, filmmaking, and photography. He uses his experiences of being a person of color in America and his ideas of going against the grain as inspiration for his art. He has previously interned in Communications... Read More →
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Sunanda Sahay

Chair, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council
Sunanda Sahay, an Acton artist, is the chair of Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council for 4 years and a member for almost 6 years. She has been the recipient of several MCC grant awards for her Indian Traditional Art, Apprenticeship award and the Gold Star award for her Cultural outreach... Read More →
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Madeleine Steczynski

Co-Founder and Executive Director, ZUMIX
Madeleine Steczynski founded ZUMIX in her home in 1991, engaging young people in music and creative technology, and giving them safe space to escape escalating city violence. Together with teen council, staff, and board, she has grown ZUMIX from a kitchen table project into a vital... Read More →

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Saturday March 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Meeting Room E