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Our vision is for Express Yourself to be a consistent creative community that provides joy and belonging for kids who have struggles with issues their while lives.
For the young people we serve, navigating the world day-to-day can be especially challenging.
Through music, dance, theater and visual arts, Express Yourself brings much-needed joy to these young lives, and teaches valuable long-term skills that can change their lives. In our safe and supportive environment, Express Yourself youth experience vital growth, setting them on a path toward becoming active contributors to their community. In 1988, Paula Conrad - educator, choreographer, and dancer - founded Express Yourself to bring creative arts programs to youth in residential and outpatient treatment facilities. Stan Strickland - educator a
nd award-winning musician and performer - joined her as co-executive director in 1995, and together they expanded Express Yourself into a network of professionals, affecting the lives of young people in over 50 Massachusetts cities and towns.
From the beginning, nationally recognized guest artists joined with Express Yourself to collaborate, create, and perform with program youth at our annual year-end celebration. Artists have included Blue Man Group, STOMP, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, Broadway dancers, and many others.
Over the past 25 years, we’ve developed a team of creative professionals who care deeply about our community. We know that art can heal and change lives - we see it happen every day. Our team is committed to being a positive, consistent presence in the lives of the youth we serve.