Mass Cultural Council and our partner, Innovation Learning Center (ILC), recently marked the 5th Anniversary of Creative Minds Out of School (CMOST), which provides free visual art curriculum and training to afterschool and out-of-school educators statewide. The program’s goal is to bring more art to more children by helping afterschool educators and programs foster the creativity of the children they serve.
To celebrate, Mass Cultural Council and ILC hosted an award ceremony at the State House recognizing the programs, educators, and trainers who have worked with CMOST since its inception. Student art from Springfield to Lynn covered every surface of the room, attesting to the vast world of children’s creativity.
Our wonderful keynote speaker, 3rd grader Ashon LaForce from Fitchburg, spoke movingly about the role that art has played in his own life and proudly showed his work to the audience. In CMOST's first five years, 25,000 kids have “exercised their creative muscles,” as Ashon put it, and more than 1,100 educators have received the free training and curriculum.
Congratulations to all of our educators, community and business partners, and leaders in the arts who received awards at the celebration. Cheers to many more years of Creative Minds Out of School!
If you know of a program that would benefit from the free CMOST curriculum and training, contact Diane Daily