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Mr. Joy: The Neighborhood Tour 2019

Mr. Joy

The Neighborhood Tour 2019

FEB 26 - MAR 16, 2019

Cojuelos' Productions

Cojuelos' Productions proudly "celebrates all artistic expression through creative and innovative, diverse and culturally-oriented programming and high-end special events." Cojuelos' Productions thrives in creating curated experiences for private, corporate, and community settings with an emphasis on cultural & educational programming. Besides, we offer consulting services for active community engagement, cultural awareness, and audience development strategies with arts and culture as tools for engagement.


METCO is the nation’s largest voluntary school desegregation program. Founded in the peak of the Civil Rights Movement,The 52-year-old METCO program provides the opportunity for children from racially imbalanced schools in Boston and children in racially isolated suburban schools to learn together in an integrated public school setting. METCO creates environments where students, parents and teachers of different backgrounds can appreciate diversity, find common ground through shared experiences, and prepare young people to become global citizens.

As part of its efforts to build community across cultural groups, METCO partners with ArtsEmerson to bring Boston and suburban audiences together to share performances related to social issues. As part of the METCO Presents program, supported by BASI/Out of the Box Act 2, the Mr. Joy tour is stopping at two suburban high schools where Boston students are enrolled through METCO: Newton and Wayland.

Newton Public Schools

The Newton Public Schools actively cultivate a culture of equity and excellence by creating and sustaining curriculum and instructional practices that lead to high quality learning for each and every student. We build the capacity of our eduators to meet challenges and opportunities of teaching and learning in a dynamic and evolving environment. It is our goal to narrow the achievement gaps with respect to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status and increase the achievement of students with special needs. Furthermore, we seek to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and contributing members of society through culturally responsive social and emotional learning from preschool through high school.


Over the last 20 years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest- growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time — including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, Native American, Oceanic, and African art, as well as one of the nation’s most important museum-based collections of rare books and manuscripts. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities and performance spaces. Twenty-two noted historic structures grace PEM’s campus, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old Chinese house that is the only such example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.


Wayland High School, a public secondary school located 12 miles west of Boston, serves students in Grades 9-12 with an enrollment of 848 students. We are a proud METCO district. In the spirit of lifelong learning and exploring new passions, we offer core academic and fine arts courses at a variety of points of entry as well as a robust selection of elective courses. In this relatively small and close-knit district, students grow to know each other and their teachers in a learning environment wherein they can take risks, experience success, and work well with one another. Rounding out our students' high school experiences is a dynamic extracurricular life that includes a multitude of arts ensembles, athletics, and clubs. We believe in building trusting relationships, providing support alongside rigor, and building the skills in our students in this complex world to be productive, compassionate, and collaborative. Our mission statement, which we try to embody each day, is:

Personal and civic responsibility, love of learning, and empathy for others: these are the qualities that Wayland High School seeks to instill in its students. At its core, our mission is to provide a rigorous and stimulating academic environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Yet we deem it equally important to nurture self-confident, collaborative, and conscientious individuals. We strive to create a climate where risk-taking is safeguarded, open expression is encouraged, and free association is protected. Our goal is to advance our students' growth into principled, informed, and capable citizens who will help guide a democracy that follows humanitarian principles in the global forum, and shape a just society where individuals may reach their full potential.