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Move It! Express Yourself 2015

For the past 21 years, Joan Mikula has championed Express Yourself (EXYO) and the youth served by all the programs and supports offered by the DMH Child and Adolescent Services Division. This year, as our new Commissioner, she made her first official EXYO stage appearance with Josiah Spaulding, Citi Performing Arts Center President and CEO; and Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council as they welcomed the crowd and got the audience ready to MOVE IT! — the theme of this year’s show.

The 21st Annual EXYO performance at the Wang Citi Theatre last month did not disappoint as more than 150 young talented stars from 14 DMH- supported youth programs showcased their year-long engagement of creativity in the visual and performing arts. Special guests this year included Jared Mason of the Million Dollar Quartet; Literary Performer Noni Mason and poet Reggie Gibson; the Boston Children’s Chorus; Pingree Spectrum; and STOMP. Ten 31 Productions intertwined their “pop people,” moving birch trees and giant butterflies throughout the show.

Move It! Express Yourself 2015.

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DMH congratulates the EXYO kids for another outstanding show and especially founders and co-directors of Express Yourself Paula Conrad and Stan Strickland. There are many supporters, partners and volunteers who make this special event a night to remember for the amazing young people–we salute you!


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