(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)
An East Boston-based youth arts organization is working with a coalition of local non-profit youth groups and international partners to promote youth participation in the arts.
Zumix, a 21-year-old music, radio, and theater program for children and adolescents, has partnered with the City of Boston, the United Nations, and an organization called the Sounding Board to present the Boston Rio+20 Project, held in conjunction with the Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest.
The contest is part of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development’s 20th Anniversary Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this coming June. The contest will accept original music videos created by people under 30 who want to express hopes, fears, or observations on the future of the planet.
The Boston Rio+20 Project will include music workshops for more than 100 local youth, many of them from low-income families, through organizations including Artists for Humanity, the Boston Children’s Chorus, City Year, Grooversity, and Project Hip-Hop. The series will culminate in a major production at the Berklee Performance Center exploring the roles of youth and the arts in addressing sustainable development.
The program is intended as an opportunity for young people from underrepresented communities to voice their perspectives on development issues and to increase awareness of UN goals for addressing poverty, climate change, and sustainable ecological systems. Some of the songs included in the performance will be submitted to the Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest.
The performance at the Berklee Performance Center will take place at 4pm on Saturday, March 31, and will be free and open to the public. For additional information or tickets to the show, visit http://www.thesoundingboard.com/events.html.