Missing Youth: Over 400,000 youth are reported missing or exploited a year according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The issue of missing children is complex and includes runaways, abductions and child trafficking. No young person should be forgotten and national, local and family efforts to safely locate and protect vulnerable youth is an important issue.
Have You Seen Me: Is a new work the Boston Children’s Chorus in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has commissioned Movement Art Is (MAI), co-founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck to create to celebrate BCC’s 15th anniversary. The dance/choral work choreographed by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck features them performing alongside 3 other dancers and the BCC. The piece will explore the challenges today’s missing and exploited youth, their families and the community face.
Movement Art Is: Movement Art Is (MAI), co-founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance. Through movement art films, workshops, performances and exhibitions, MAI is resetting the spectrum of what dance is.
“We believe dance is not simply entertainment. We believe dance is a tool to educate, a tool to empower. Our goal is not just to explore socially relevant topics but to empower movement artists and dancers to say we’re artists too. We want to be considered on that level of a Picasso or a Basquiat,” says Jon Boogz. Lil Buck adds, “Things used to be like that. Fred Astaire and the Nicholas Brothers and Earl ‘Snakeships’ Tucker — it was a certain level of artistry, and their dancing was a standalone performance, and we don’t really have that anymore. Dancing has dropped to where it’s just background for an artist instead of dancers being at the forefront of their own artistry. We want to shift the mind-set of dancers.
Boston Children’s Chorus: The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city’s diverse communities and inspire social change. Our singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.
BCC envisions a city defined by meaningful relationships among its community members. Through participation in a rigorous choral curriculum supplemented with lessons to foster compassion, BCC singers use the shared experience of music to create a better understanding of their part of the world around them. BCC is in pursuit of musical excellence, which the organization believes can be used as a tool to create dialogue around difficult issues. By encouraging conversations around these issues, our singers pave the way for a more connected community.