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Introducing the DCF Cultural Connections Pilot Program

Erik Holmgren, Program Manager

Barrington Stage youth performers take a bow
Barrington Stage youth performers take a bow

The DCF Cultural Connections Pilot Program is a one-year pilot that connects Western Massachusetts Department of Children and Families offices and social workers with a contact person at participating cultural organizations in their region. Social workers and area offices will identify specific needs and opportunities, such as Sibling Saturdays or supervised visits, for DCF-engaged youth and families to engage with cultural organizations. We hope this pilot will unlock the power of culture for some of Massachusetts most vulnerable youth and families.

Participating organizations

  • Piti Theatre Company
  • The Art Garden Inc
  • Berkshire South Regional Community Center
  • The Performance Project
  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
  • Community Music School of Springfield
  • Enchanted Circle
  • Berkshire Theatre Group
  • Berkshire Pulse INC
  • Jacob’s Pillow
  • MASS MoCA
  • The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
  • Barrington Stage Company
  • Springfield Museums
  • Orion Magazine