In 2023 we celebrate a 29-year collaboration with Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the Boch Center. We are so grateful for our collaborating partners — it takes many hands to make Express Yourself work!
The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Express Yourself has been in collaboration with DMH for the past 29 years, celebrating and working with youth intensive residential treatment programs, residential programs, and youth identified within the community. The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and support to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities providing competent care to promote recovery.
Boch Center is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community. Over 29 years ago, Express Yourself began in the lobby, graduated to the Shubert Theater and has performed since 2004 on the main stage at the Wang Theater.
Mass Cultural Council (MCC)
Mass Cultural Council has supported Express Yourself with organizational support, and other creative youth development programs including YouthReach, Stars, Amplify and Local Cultural Council Grants for the last 28 years. The MCC is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences, fosters a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents, and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.
Express Yourself has provided internship sites for Endicott students and co-directors have presented in academic areas of expressive therapies, education and arts-based programs. Annually Endicott hosts our youth’s artwork and set design at the Walter J Manninen Center for the Arts Gallery. Endicott College has state-of-the-art academic facilities and partners to create a unique and fulfilling college environment for their students.
Peabody Essex Museum
Through ArtLink, Express Yourself and the Peabody Essex Museum partner to provide youth with a series of museum visits that influence their art making in the studio. Additionally, exhibiting artists and cultural performers have served as guest artists in our program for over 15 years.
North Shore Music Theatre
NSMT was our generous champion during the pandemic working with us on the first Exyo Drive In and other fundraising events. Since 1955, NSMT has a national and regional reputation for artistic achievement and has received numerous industry awards for celebrity concerts and children’s programming along with year-round education programs.
Beverly Public Schools
Express Yourself has built a network of partnerships with BPS Superintendent’s office, principals, adjustment and guidance counselors across all age groups to identify youth in need that would be appropriate for Exyo programming.
Thank You to Our Partners
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Cummings Foundation
- C.F. Adams Charitable Trust
- Essex County Community Foundation
- North Shore Community Health Network
- Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
- McCarthy Family Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee
- John W. Alden Trust
- The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
- Bruce J. Anderson Foundation
- Cell Signaling
- New England BioLabs
- Hurdle Hill Foundation
- Beverly Local Cultural Council
- Lynn Local Cultural Council
- Rowley Local Cultural Council
- Taunton Local Cultural Council
- Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
- Seaside Educational Consultants
- Endicott College Scholars Program
- Frontier Technologies Inc
- In Vivo Productions
- QIAGEN Beverly
- The Quarto Group
- W.T. Rich Company, Inc
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- New Place – The Boston Foundation
- Jebediah Foundation
- SkyJax Foundation
- Parker Clare Foundation
- Lesley University
- The Pingree School
- Montserrat College of Art
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