Names

NAMES

ICA hosts teen arts conference, featuring 2018 youth poet laureate Patricia Frazier

06names -- Members of the ICA Teen Arts Council led tours of William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects.. (Lauren Miller)
Lauren Miller
Members of the ICA Teen Arts Council led tours of “William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects.”

The Institute of Contemporary Art held its first national teen arts education conference over the weekend.

The goal of the conference, “Building Brave Spaces: Mobilizing Teen Arts Education,” was to look at the progress of teen arts education in the past decade and build on future plans across a variety of institutions and age groups. 

“My time here has been really amazing and has intertwined with so many creators,” Mithsuca Berry, an ICA Teen Arts Council alum, said while giving the introduction to the event Friday night. “They all taught me things and lent a hand to my growth as a creative, but not only that — as a person.”

Advertisement

The event, which featured workshops and panels, included conversations with educators and students alike, including Boston’s chief of education, Turahn Dorsey; author, activist, and San Francisco State University professor Shawn Ginwright; writer, performer, choreographer, and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili; artist and Slanguage Studio cofounder Mario Ybarra Jr.; and the 2018 National Youth Poet Laureate, Patricia Frazier.

Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Youth members of Berklee City Music also performed, led by Boston-area teen Danny Rivera. Members of the ICA Teen Arts Council gave gallery tours.

Lillian Brown

Lillian Brown can be reached at lillian.brown@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.