Community outreach

Explore World Arts – Camp Harbor View

The Explore World Arts program was created in 2008 to address the serious lack of arts engagement opportunities available to at-risk, low-income youth from Boston’s inner-city neighborhoods.  Since then, the program has become an annual part of the curriculum of Camp Harbor View, the Boys & Girls Clubs summer camp for kids from Boston’s low-income families. In summer 2011, Explore World Arts will provide a fourth season of interactive music, dance, and martial arts performances, and related educational workshops to over 1,000 under-served youngsters, ages 11-14, at Camp Harbor View.

To present Explore World Arts, the New Center partners with a number of exciting and diverse performing artists who are both entertaining and effective interpreters of various traditional art forms. These have included the teen-aged Afro-Latin dance troupe Ritmo en Accion; the Indian traditional dancers of Boston Bhangra; The Bamidele Dancers & Drummers featuring West African music and dance; and, Chinese martial arts and traditional dragon dancing demonstrated by instructors from Boston’s Naim Pai Academy, as well as the Tai Chi Arts Association and Wushu martial arts demonstrations; the Capoeira Afro Brazilian music and dance troupe; the OrigiNation dancers; and The Art of Black Dance and Music, whose performers offered African-rooted art, music, dance, visual arts and folklore.

Explore World Arts adds a great deal to our curriculum, enriching the lives of kids who might not otherwise be exposed to cultures outside their own,” said Greg Stoddard, Director of Operations, Camp Harbor View. “It is very inspiring to see our young people enjoy themselves with dance, music and artistry in the safe and nurturing setting we provide at the camp.”