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Inspire. Connect. Empower.

Join us at the free, inaugural Mass Cultural Council Institute on March 17 at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Connect with peers and city and town leadership from every corner of the Commonwealth.

Together we’ll unleash The Power of Culture.

The DCU Center is physically accessible, and the 10am session will be open captioned. We welcome people of all abilities. Please let us know if there are accommodations we can provide.  


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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... 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... 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 M... 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 C... 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 vit... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
DCU Center 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608, United States

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