Educational and Community programs

World Music/CRASHarts believes that the arts should play an integral role in everyone’s life and represent the true expressions of a community’s cultural life. We feel a strong sense of responsibility to serve the public by providing people of all ages opportunities to interact, participate, and connect with music and dance.

Since 1990, World Music/CRASHarts has offered a wide range of educational and community engagement programs that have been designed to deepen the impact of our annual concert series and to provide exciting life-long learning opportunities.  

Youth Arts Initiative

Music and dance students at the high school level and in community afterschool programs are invited to work with international touring artists for customized workshops, master classes, artists’ talks, and open rehearsals.

Through our Youth Arts Initiative programs we aim to:

  • Promote cross-cultural exploration
  • Celebrate the diverse cultural heritages of greater Boston
  • Nurture creativity and encourage an interest in a careers in the arts
  • Ensure that all have the opportunity to learn, create, and grow
  • Cultivate a life-long love and appreciation for music and dance

World Music/CRASHarts currently works with the Boston Arts Academy, the Conservatory Lab School, Hibernian Hall, and Spontaneous Celebrations. Past partners include Zumix, IBA/Latino Cultural Center, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, and the Community Music Center of Boston.  

We offer masterclasses to music and dance departments at area colleges and universities including Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and New England Conservatory. 

Community Engagement Programs

Fostering a diverse community that celebrates cultural discovery and participation through the arts is at the core of World Music/CRASHarts’ mission. Our community engagement programs

  • Promote global cultural awareness and respect at a local level through offering inclusive and accessible programming
  • Encourage diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds to come together as a unified community
  • Deepen the audience’s experience of the creative process and art forms
  • Provide opportunities for professional development within the local arts community

Each season, preconcert lectures and postconcert discussions are hosted by local experts in the field to enhance the audiences’ experience of the performance. Visiting artists offer masterclasses, lecture demonstrations, and discussions that provide opportunities for participation and learning in intimate settings. Multiple forms of virtual technology connect local audiences to the creative process. 

World Music/CRASHarts partners with a number of community organizations including the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, LearnQuest Academy of Music, Belmont World Film, Boston Center for Adult Education, and local immigrant community organizations that reflect the cultural heritage of the artists we present. 

World Music/CRASHarts works closely with greater Boston’s peer arts organizations to provide creative leadership to address challenges facing the arts sector today.

CRASHers

World Music/CRASHarts offers an array of social and learning activities designed for young professionals through our CRASHer program (suggested ages 21-40). CRASHer programs offer the opportunity to meet and mingle with like-minded arts enthusiasts with parties, dance lessons, workshops, and more. Head to our CRASHers page for more information on upcoming events and the benefits of membership. 

For more information about educational and engagement programs offered through World Music/CRASHarts, please contact the office at info@worldmusic.org or call 617-876-4275.