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826 Boston Advocates for the Arts

March 26, 2019

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826 Boston marched in support of arts funding for MASSCreative’s Creativity Connects: Arts Advocacy Day 2019. More than 400 arts advocates representing 240 organizations met at ArtsEmerson’s Paramount Theatre to hone advocacy skills and build community.

In the morning, arts organizations from across the state demonstrated the impact of their work and attendees banded together by district to plan legislative meetings. Performances from a Boston Arts Academy high school student and from Central Square Theatre’s Youth Underground program served as a reminder of the vitality of arts education for young people. The Summer Street Brass Band, made up of student musicians from public schools across Boston, led the Arts March to the State House.

826 Boston staff met with representatives of State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz and State Representative Liz Malia, who represent Egleston Square, where the 826 Boston center is located. Representative Malia is scheduled to speak to after-school tutoring students. Senator Chang-Díaz will write the foreword to 826 Boston’s 2019 Young Authors Book Project, a collection of calls to action by twelfth-grade Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EMK) students.

With a strongly-held belief in the importance of civic education, 826 Boston provides students with hands-on advocacy and learning opportunities. In addition to the book project at the EMK, 826 Boston students weighed in on the MBTA’s investment plan for the next 25 years with 85 Cents Might Not Sound Like a Lot and penned bilingual proposals for high school redesign in Attendance Would Be 100%.


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