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Welcome Hannah School Fifth Graders

November 9, 2017

Welcome to our first class of fifth graders from the Hannah School in Beverly.  This is our third year partnering with the Hannah School to enhance their STEAM programming through our arts immersion model….

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Halloween Celebration with Special Guests

November 1, 2017

Last Thursday we had a spooktacular Halloween celebration with our multi-arts group.  Special guests from the Cummings Foundation came to join in the fun.  The group created sculptural pieces for a haunted house facade…

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#ArtsMatterDay

October 27, 2017

Today is #ArtsMatterDay! Here at Express Yourself we create empowering and immersive arts experiences for our youth in our year-long programming, and we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate why arts matter…

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New Collaboration with Germaine Lawrence Begins

October 18, 2017

This week kicked off a new collaboration with the Youth Villages Germaine Lawrence Campus.  As a new project funded by Janie’s Fund, girls from Germaine Lawrence will participate in a year-long drumming and arts…

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Barbara Keiter – 18 Creative Years

October 11, 2017

On October 5th, 2017 at our SOUL 2017 Exhibition Reception held at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College we honored Barbara Keiter for her 18 creative years with Express…

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Welcome Back!

September 27, 2017

We are very excited to welcome our youth back to the Express Yourself studio from their summer programming.  After a summer of activity, the studio is alive with the energy and excitement of our…

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Soul 2017 at Endicott College

September 14, 2017

The Express Yourself Exhibition, Soul 2017, is currently on view at the Carol Grillo Gallery at the Endicott College School of Visual and Performing Arts.  The exhibition features set designs and artwork from the performance at the…

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Exyo Staff and New Interns at the PEM

September 7, 2017

  Express Yourself staff and new interns visited the Peabody Essex Museum today to view the newest exhibition It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammet Collection. This exhibition featured 135…

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Total Eclipse of the Art

August 23, 2017

Like most of the nation, the staff at Express Yourself were very excited to view the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st.  Using creativity, our studio art supplies, and some helpful youtube tutorials, we…

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Exyo in the Press

August 14, 2017

Be on the lookout for the September 2017 edition of the Northshore Magazine.  Express Yourself is featured in an in-depth article written by Ian Lougheed.  The article highlights the work and achievements of our…

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Art Express at The Quarto Group

August 3, 2017

Express Yourself youth artwork is now being exhibited on the walls of The Quarto Group offices as part of the latest Art Express collaboration.  Four large panels, originally designed as waving flag props for…

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The Studio Gets a Makeover

July 11, 2017

Clean floors and a fresh coat of paint! The Express Yourself studio is looking cleaner than ever.  For our summer dance group, we took the opportunity to move the furniture, tidy up, and organize….

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SOUL 2017

June 7, 2017

On May 25, 2017, over 200 youth, guest artists, and performers lit up the Boch Center Wang Theater stage for the one night showing of Express Yourself’s annual performance, SOUL.  This show was Express…

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Michael Carroll Saves the Day

May 23, 2017

Yesterday, Express Yourself volunteer and former youth participant, Michael Carroll, was honored at the Massachusetts State Police Spring Awards Ceremony. Michael and nearly two dozen people, including State Troopers, firefighters, and private citizens, were honored…

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Samba Soul

May 17, 2017

Guest artist, Marcus Santos, and his group of samba drummers are bringing a splash of Brazilian soul to this year’s Express Yourself performance at the Boch Center Wang Theater.  Marcus has been working in…

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Angels, gargoyles, topiaries… OH MY!

May 11, 2017

The studio was crawling with creatures on Tuesday as rehearsals for SOUL are in full swing.  Special guest artists Ten31 Productions were in the studio with their living art sculptures to rehearse in costume…

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Open Studio: SOUL

May 4, 2017

Last Thursday evening, Express Yourself hosted an open studio SOUL party to celebrate the launch for the upcoming show SOUL at the Boch Center – Wang Theater on May 25th.  The lively after hours…

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Nic Bennett Amplified

April 10, 2017

Express Yourself mentor, Nic Bennett, has been hard at work completing his large scale exhibition funded by an Amplify Grant from the Mass Cultural Council.  Nic is an Express Yourself participant of 16 years and a…

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Special Guest: Toussaint Liberator

April 3, 2017

The studio is in full swing rehearsal mode with the show less than two months away, and the guest artists are flooding in.  Our youngest group of performers have started working with Toussaint Liberator,…

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Express Yourself at the State House

March 28, 2017

Last week, Express Yourself mentor, Rachel Cushing, and staff, Molly Blumberg and Malene Jakobsen, attended a reception for the Amplify Grant recipients at the Massachusetts State House.  The program is sponsored by the Massachusetts…

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Happy Birthday Charlie!

March 22, 2017

Charlie, our studio therapy dog, is turning 9!  The bichon frise has been with Express Yourself for two years, working hard as our studio greeter, emotional supporter, and friend to all.  Charlie loves working…

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NS Consortium Professional Development

March 13, 2017

On Friday, March 10th, Express Yourself hosted a professional development workshop for the faculty and staff of the Northshore Education Consortium.  A wide variety of professionals including teachers, counselors, and paraprofessionals attended the workshop…

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Express Yourself had a ‘Lovely’ guest in our studio

March 8, 2017

Last week, Express Yourself had the privilege of showcasing our studio to a very special guest. On February 27th Senator Joan B. Lovely came for a grand tour of our arts studio. In her third…

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Exyo Artist Drives the Champions!

February 15, 2017

Our very own visual artist, Shawn-Paul Filtranti, captained a Boston Duck Boat during the New England Patriots victory parade on Tuesday, February 7th.  Braving the winter elements, Shawn-Paul drove a Duck Boat full of…

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Express Yourself Nominated for Non Profit of the Year

February 1, 2017

Express Yourself has been nominated for a Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce Business Award in the Non Profit of the Year category.  From over 300 applications, each nomination category was vetted and narrowed down to just…

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Amplify Grants Awarded to Express Yourself Mentors

January 24, 2017

Nic Bennett and Rachel Cushing, two of Express Yourself’s longest standing youth participants and mentors, have each received an Amplify Youth Voices Grant from the Mass Cultural Council.  Amplify Youth Voices is a new initiative…

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Cammie Griffin of STOMP International Tour Visits Express Yourself

January 19, 2017

Express Yourself was thrilled to welcome Cammie Griffin of the STOMP International Tour back to the studio to work with Express Yourself youth this week.  This is Cammie’s sixth year working with Express Yourself. …

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Express Yourself Artwork Featured at the Mayor’s Gallery

January 10, 2017

Artwork created by at the Express Yourself studio by students from the Beverly High School Ladders Program is on display at the Mayor’s Gallery in Beverly City Hall.  Mike Cahill, the mayor of Beverly…

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Good Luck Raya

December 15, 2016

As we head into winter break, we say goodbye to Raya! Raya has been an Express Yourself participant for 10 years.  She first joined Express Yourself through Solstice, and has since gone on to…

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New Express Yourself public art unveiled at the Cummings Center

December 8, 2016

“Express Yourself is changing the face of Cummings Center through youth art,” said Bill Cummings, founder of Cummings Properties. Look around the building at The Cummings Center 100 building and see another new piece…

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Express Yourself kicks off ArtLink Partnership with the Peabody Essex Museum

November 30, 2016

On November 15, Express Yourself youth from North Shore Recovery High School visited the Peabody Essex Museum.  They toured the exhibit Lunar Attraction and created mixed media art pieces in reaction to the show.  These students…

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Guest Artist Johnny Nichols Jr. Brings His Voice to the Studio

November 9, 2016

Express Yourself was thrilled to welcome opera singer and choral director Johnny Nichols, Jr. to the studio this past week.  Born in Louisiana, Johnny has roots in church music, serving as choir director in…

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SOUL Paint at the Express Yourself Studio

October 24, 2016

The Express Yourself studio was alive with creativity this past Thursday evening.  We honored our educators, administrators and counselors, who work tirelessly to support and enrich the lives of youth who are part of our Express…

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Art Express Launches!

October 24, 2016

Last week, Express Yourself launched its new art-leasing initiative, Art Express and the calls are rolling in! Art Express is a unique program that brings vibrant, youth-created artwork to workplaces. It’s a creative way to add…

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Pop Up Parasols Featured at Arts Fest Beverly

July 20, 2016

A large sculptural installation of Express Yourself’s painted parasols is currently on display at the Grillo Gallery at Endicott College as part of Arts Fest 2016: Community Art Exhibition. For the past two years, Express…

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NEA Chairman Jane Chu Meets EXYO Mentor Rachel

June 20, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu was recently featured at an event hosted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) to highlight a recent NEA grant to the National Guild for Community Arts…

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EXYO Illuminates Hannah School’s Curriculum

May 12, 2016

  Every Thursday morning, students and teachers from the Hannah Elementary School fifth grade move the classroom to Express Yourself’s studio where they are immersed in art, music and science. Throughout the course of the year, three…

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EXYO’s Parasol Pop Up

April 26, 2016

Rachel, a youth mentor at Express Yourself, worked for the past three months designing and creating an outdoor art exhibition consisting of 60 painted parasols. The temporary installation will be exhibited outside the Cummings Center…

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Get Ready for Giving Tuesday!

November 15, 2015

This year, we invite you to give your friends and family a more meaningful holiday gift. The holiday shopping season is upon us, and as you compile your list of loved ones, we ask…

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EXYO is Growing!

November 15, 2015

After just one year in our expanded studio space, we’re thrilled that we can welcome more youth and families into our multi-disciplinary arts programs. We added two new groups in September, but we still…

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EXYO Drummers Highlighted at Conference

November 15, 2015

In August, Express Yourself drummers were the highlighted performers at the Student Mental Health: Roles, Responsibilities and Resources educational conference. Their luncheon drumming performance followed a well received presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Janice…

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EXYO honored with Community Hero Award

November 15, 2015

On November 12, at the Lenny Zakim Fund’s 20th anniversary celebration, Express Yourself was honored with a Community Hero award. The celebration was highlighted by a special performance by Sting. We’re also thrilled to…

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New Community Exhibition Program

October 1, 2015

Express Yourself recently hosted several guests at the annual exhibition of our stage set artwork at Endicott College Manninen Center for the Arts. A lively reception was held, and included a reggae band, warm…

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MOVE IT a Huge Success!

June 1, 2015

Express Yourself recently wrapped up its 21st year at the Citi Wang Theater with over 150 youth performing in MOVE IT. The largest audience ever enjoyed the spectacular performance with special guest stars Jared…

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EXYO Drummers at Peabody Essex Museum’s Artopia

April 23, 2015

The Express Yourself drummers recently had a wonderful opportunity to perform at Artopia, an evening included in Peabody Essex’s monthly evening party series. The drummers were excited to represent Express Yourself amongst other local…

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New Studio is Charged with Energy!

April 23, 2015

The new Express Yourself home at the Cummings Center is charged with creative energy and anticipation for our show in May. Our youth have been ramping up their artistic expression as they complete many…

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Ribbon Cutting and Networking

April 22, 2015

On March 12,  Express Yourself hosted our first Networking After-Hours with the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce at their studio, celebrating with a grand opening. State Representative Jerry Parisella did the honors of cutting…

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We Bring the Beat to Inaugural Celebration!

January 12, 2015

Joh Camara, master drummer and dancer, led the Express Yourself Drummers as they performed at Gov. Charlie Baker’s inaugural celebration last week! Everyone had a fantastic time, tapping their toes and clapping their hands….

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The Launch Party was a Blast!

December 16, 2014

  Party guests at the new Express Yourself Launch Party at the Cummings Center get rhythm! Stan Strickland, ExYo Co-Executive Director; Barbara Keiter, ExYo Visual Arts Director; and Margo Casey, Executive Director, North Shore…

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Save the Date for our Studio Launch Party

October 6, 2014

Mark your calendar for Friday, December 5 We’ve got new digs and we’re having a celebration with great friends, great food, great music and a great way to support Express Yourself! You’re invited to…

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It’s a Party in the Set!

August 6, 2014

All are invited to our Party in the Set on Sunday, September 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Join us as we celebrate 20 years of Express Yourself in performance! This wonderful event is…

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Express Yourself is on the Move!

August 1, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Express Yourself will move to a spacious studio on September 5, 2014, and we are excited by the new opportunities ahead. Our new address: 100 Cummings Center, Suite…

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Boston Globe features Express Yourself!

June 13, 2014

We were delighted to be featured recently in this great Boston Globe article by James Sullivan. He really captures the spirit of Express Yourself. Thank you James!

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Thank you!

June 6, 2014

For more than 25 years, Express Yourself has brought young people from a feeling of isolation to a sense of community though the arts, and for 20 of those years, we have been fortunate…

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Express Yourself Exhibition at 15 Walnut Street

April 30, 2014

Express Yourself art is being exhibited at 15 Walnut Street in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Artworks from previous shows are being displayed for the month of May. Watch for our art opening soon!

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Lockhart and Spaulding Surprise EXYO with Video

April 24, 2014

Keith Lockhart, Pops Conductor and Josiah A Spaulding, President and CEO, Citi Performing Arts Center, met at Boston’s Symphony Hall to create a surprise video for EXYO 20, our 20th anniversary celebration performance, which…

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Family Photo Shoot Exhibit as a Garden Party Backdrop

April 8, 2014

Bobbie Bush Photography Studio hosted EXYO youth from the Salem area in a special family photo shoot. Family members, including brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, came to her Salem-based photography studio to have…

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Women’s Fund of Essex County Awards Grant

April 1, 2014

Recently Express Yourself was proud to be awarded a grant for three years for $9,000 for their Who Runs the World—Girls program! Girls gather on a weekly basis to explore multi-disciplinary arts, focusing on…

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