By Qiong Yang
Former New England Patriots player Patrick Chung hosted the second annual Summer Music Academy For Real Teens (SMART) Pep Rally on July 10 at the Josiah Quincy School. SMART is hosted with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC).
The event featured celebrity guests and youth performances . With hosts Chung and Maverik of radio station JAM’N 94.5, the pep rally included performances by Phunk Phenomenon, a hip-hop dance crew; Luie Bello, a local singer-songwriter; Fame or Juliet, a local teen eclectic hip-hop troupe, and more. To encourage youth to develop their passion for learning and creating music, Chung and local celebrities interacted with the audience.
This is the second year BCNC will host the SMART summer camp. SMART is a free program for all attendees. Participants are Boston-area youth between 12 and 15 with a passion for music. It takes place from July 7 through August 15 this year. The six-week intensive academy allows a select group of 30 greater Boston youth to learn from and work with professional musicians in building their music skills, while developing lasting connections with others across geographic and cultural boundaries.
“We’re excited to welcome music students from all levels and backgrounds to join us once again for SMART,” Chung said. “I’m thrilled we can offer the opportunity for music students to follow their passions.”
SMART is a learning experience unlike any other. The goal of SMART is to improve cross-community relations among young musicians in Boston. It works toward this goal is by providing intensive music education in a community-based setting with diverse participants and staff, representing the range of racial, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds present in Boston. Other than core classes, such as songwriting and media literacy, youth will be able to connect and develop intercultural competence through teambuilding activities, outdoor excursions and various recreational activities and field trips. They use a curriculum that honors the many different life experiences of young people.
For more information about SMART, please visit http://chungchanginglives.org/programs.
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