Our Creative Development and Community Engagement work aims to strengthen our neighborhood through creative placemaking and placekeeping, advocacy and organizing, development of the Latin Quarter, and community-based Afro-Latin arts education.
The Music Clubhouse, a partner of the Music and Youth Initiative, provides youth with affordable, high-quality instrumental and vocal instruction (solo and ensemble), songwriting and performance opportunities, and access to musical-instrument technology, as well as strong personal encouragement and support. Within this exciting and nurturing musical environment, participants ages 8-14 increase their musicianship and develop crucial personal skills as they learn from students of Berklee College of Music, who serve as instructors of the program. Lessons are also taught or assisted by older youth who are part of the Musicians in Community team.
Learn Through Dance
Learn Through Dance (LTD): Started in 2005, Learn Through Dance is an innovative program that partners with Boston Public Schools to bring Afro-Latin dance instruction into schools during the school day. LTD allows schools to provide culturally appropriate and highly engaging arts and physical activity to fill a gap that schools do not have the capacity to fill. Hyde Square Task Force trains professional dance instructors, including Ritmo en Acción program alumni, to bring our award-winning curriculum to hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students. BPS students who participate in our Learn Through Dance program have the opportunity to be physically active during the school day, explore culture, and express creativity through dance. The fun involved in learning dance techniques, basic choreography, and partnering encourages positive engagement. Since its inception, LTD has reached over 3,000 students. In the 2019-2020 school year, we are partnering with the James W. Hennigan K-8 School and the Margarita Muniz Academy. Past partnerships include the John F. Kennedy Elementary School, , Boston Community Leadership Academy, Boston International High School and Newcomers Academy, Boston Green Academy, Curley K-8 School, English High School, Fenway High School, the Guild Elementary School, and the Agassiz Elementary School.