On May 15, youth in the care of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services shared their artistic talent during DYS’ 6th Annual Statewide Youth Arts Showcase. More than 270 original works of art were on display and available for purchase with proceeds supporting local youth artists. Additionally, 15 youth presented original performances including singing, spoken word poetry, drumming, dancing, and more.

“The annual Showcase highlights our agency’s commitment to positive youth development and the motivational role arts education plays in that process,” said DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes. “For our youth, sharing their art and their voices reinforces the healing power of the arts. For our guests, the Showcase offers an opportunity to meet our youth artists and invest in their success.”

Collage of student artwork on display [submitted photo]

Kim McLarin, co-host of WGBH’s “Basic Black”, is the Showcase’s first-ever honorary “Arts Ambassador.” The Showcase is made possible through a partnership between DYS, Commonwealth Corporation and the Collaborative for Educational Services. The event—which is free and open to the public (RSVP required)—will feature opening remarks from Commissioner Forbes.