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DYS Youth ShowcaseOn June 16, 2016 The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is hosting the Share Your Art, Share Your Voice! Statewide Youth Showcase at the Paramount Theatre in the Boston Theatre District.

This statewide event demonstrates the talent of youth committed to DYS and acknowledges the dedication and passion of the workforce that supports them.

The 2016 Youth Showcase will include spoken word poetry, drumming, singing, and theatre performances.  Guests will have the opportunity to leave feedback for the youth artists through ‘feedback stations’ and approximately 300 pieces of artwork are expected to be available for sale with proceeds supporting youth artists.
The DYS Youth Showcase is a reflection of how through arts in education, DYS is finding creative and healthy outlets for youth.  All youth contributions to the showcase draw on various aspects of the DYS educational/vocational continuum of services and all of the artwork will be made by young people in a DYS residential program or by youth who are receiving services in their local communities.

Arts programming is an important component of the DYS educational curriculum and classroom integration of the creative art s helps motivate students and strengthen their achievement levels. Through the DYS Arts Initiative, DYS is supporting system-wide structured art programming by focusing on Visual Art Education, Artist Residencies,  Arts Internships, and helping DYS youth, who transition back into the community,  participate with local youth in art-studies and with career-readiness opportunities.

“The Showcase is important to me because it allows all the hidden talents of DYS residents to be brought out and shown to a lot of people,” explained a DYS youth artist. “It shows others, the positive things that residents in DYS custody can do.”

Learn more about the Department of Youth Services and support the 2016 Youth Showcase!  For more information click:  Share Your Art, Share Your Voice

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Communications Coordinator, Department of Youth Services

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