Boston Youth Voice : April 15th Fashion Recap

Last Friday, we kicked off the Boston Youth Voice series of 2016!

Our first event was held in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, their Youth Arts Council sponsored by John Hancock.

The purpose of this event was for all participating youth to find inspiration within the exhibit, dialogue, and fashion performance; to create an expansion in the access to history, art, culture; and to offer an opportunity for dialogue and exploration for career opportunities for youth participants.

Youth organizers and attendees were able to participate in a series of evening events: a walk through of the museum’s current #TechStyle installation, followed by the Boston Youth Voice career focused panel discussion, and a youth designed and directed fashion performance by the MFA’s Youth Art Council.

Panelists Included: Brendan Boyd, CoFounder Society Original Products | Heather White, Lifestyle Marketing at New Balance | Silvana Costa, CoFounder Wicked Peacock | Joamil Rodriguez, Founder LACED

The panel offered profound words of wisdom about passion, research, mentorship, and tales of taking original designs, and sales of T-shirts from the trunk of a car to an international market.

“There are a lot of people who can do the job, but the fashion industry is looking for folks who are passionate about the industry and the culture. You can’t learn passion,” stated Heather White.

The panel also provided the group with a PUMA case study and historical commentary of the design of the Black History Month Pack in honor of Track Olympian Tommie Smith. The process creating a product of art to honor and market a concept of celebration and freedom really resonated with the organizers and youth.

The overall take aways for the youth were:

  • Be Passionate and Original
  • Find a Mentor that can Help Provide you with Feedback on your Ideas & Process
  • Know Your History & Culture and Celebrate both in your work
  • Do Your Research
  • Be Persistent in your Approach.

The evening concluded with performance based fashion show, that was choreographed and designed by the MFA Youth Arts Council. Fashion forward looks made it down the runway of the Alfond Auditorium in a statement based and theatrical display.

We want to thank all of our partnering youth groups who were able to make this event possible: MFA Youth Arts Council, Youth Design, PressPass TV, Artists for Humanity, Company One, Boston Asian Y.E.S, and BUILD.

Special Thanks to Haley House Bakery Cafe who provided delicious boxed lunches for the youth.

Our next Boston Youth Voice event is scheduled for Wednesday June 8th at Northeastern Crossing where we will be hosting a conversation around the historic and new wave of influence coming from the Boston Music Industry, featuring local artists Shea Rose, Akrobatik, Shane Gooding from the Soundlab, and Laura Lamere from Pavoh.

For more information on the Boston Youth Voice Program or our upcoming events please email :

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