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Mr. Joy

Mr. Joy: The Neighborhood Tour


APR 1 - 21, 2017

The Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity

The Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity leads efforts to help Boston plan for and deal with catastrophes and slow-moving disasters — like persistent racial and economic inequality — that have become part of 21st century life. The department works to develop and implement Boston’s Resilience Strategy. The strategy is a transformative, healing journey to ensure all of us have access and support to thrive from childhood to retirement in our daily lives and during major emergencies. We maintain a unique focus on social and economic resilience in a City affected by historic and persistent divisions of race and class. Our department also keeps an eye toward potential shocks the City may be exposed to. The department is led by Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Atyia Martin.

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Riverside strives to build a diverse community, nurture local talent, and inspire a lifelong love for the performing arts. We take pride in our affordable ticket prices, our broad range of programming for children and adults, and our outreach to local schools and families.

In addition to being a cultural mainstay, Riverside serves as a key economic driver for Hyde Park. Our shows and classes draw families from across the city and suburbs, increasing street traffic along Fairmount Avenue and leading patrons to nearby businesses. Economic studies show that the presence of arts and entertainment increases an urban neighborhood’s desirability and vitality. That’s why the City of Boston, in conjunction with community groups, has a plan to turn Fairmount Avenue into an Avenue of the Arts, with Riverside Theatre Works as its anchor.

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The BCYF Jackson/Mann Community Center is a community based nonprofit human service agency incorporated in 1976 to provide educational, cultural, social, recreational and community services to moderate and low income residents of Allston/Brighton ranging in age of 2.9 years old to older adulthood.

The BCYF Jackson/Mann Community Center (JMCC) servers thousands of residents from the Allston Brighton community and the Greater Boston Area each year. Programs provided at JMCC include: Full Day Preschool (age 2.9 ~ 5 yrs old); Schoolage Before and Afterschool (age 5 ~ 12 years old) Summer Schoolage Program (age 5 ~ 12 years old); Recreation; Adult Education (ESOL and GED); Teen Programs; Adult Enrichment and Community Resources.

Our abiding premise and underlying philosophy is that solutions and responsibilities are with the people who benefit from and are committed to neighborhood preservation, economic self-sufficiency and revitalization.

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Since 1991, ZUMIX has provided free after school and summer enrichment programs for low-income youth in the Greater Boston area. Founded in response to a year of record-breaking youth violence, the goal of ZUMIX programs is to provide a safe space for youth to build productive futures and expand upon their interests and skills in a supportive and nurturing environment.

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Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative's (DSNI) mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.

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Fairmount Cultural Corridor

The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is a creative placemaking initiative that combines collaborative efforts of residents, artists, community organizations and businesses to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods along the Fairmount Commuter Line, made stronger through an active local creative economy. The Fairmount Cultural Corridor is designed to advance a vision that draws upon the local cultural assets and ethnic traditions of the Corridor’s residents. The effort started with an Upham’s Corner pilot that encouraged vibrant cultural economic activity through placemaking interventions such as interactive public art installations, outdoor markets, and complementary business activity around the Upham’s Corner Fairmount train stop and anchored by the historic Strand Theatre. Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative serves as the lead partner for the initiative. FCC is supported by Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Kresge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Surdna Foundation.

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I Dream: Boston is a partnership of Emerson College and ArtsEmerson; it is one of the sites for the I Dream project, founded by Emerson College Artist in Residence Daniel Beaty. I Dream is a nationally recognized youth leadership and social justice initiative that uses the tools of arts, immersive group exercises, and trauma recovery to support young people to rewrite the story of race and class inequity in America, and create social justice projects to make that new story reality. Over the past three years, I Dream: Boston has engaged more than 700 individuals in inspiring performances, conversations, and workshops based in the I Dream curriculum.

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