On Thursday, teens from Hyde Square Task Force’s ¡Acción! Community Theater (ACT!) troupe shared their vision for the future of the Hyde/Jackson Square community of Jamaica Plain, known as Boston’s Latin Quarter, in front of a crowd at the Boston Public Library - Connolly Branch in Jamaica Plain.
The program included multi-media pieces about Boston's Latin Quarter, and dramatic presentations that Hyde Square Task Force’s youth have developed while working with Emerson College Professor, and Hyde Square Task Force Resident Artist, Christina Marin, that explored themes of identity and place. “Our teens are very excited about the concept of the Latin Quarter,” said Vanessa Aguirreche Snow, Manager of Organizing and Policy Initiatives at Hyde Square Task Force, who also works directly with the ¡ACT! youth troupe and grew up in the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood. She went on to say, “This event was a milestone as youth begin to advocate for a place in Greater Boston where Latin culture is celebrated, showcased, and preserved.”
About Hyde Square Task Force: The mission of Hyde Square Task Force is to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community. Last year, HSTF served 1,200 young people through its leadership development, college and career exploration and preparation, arts and cultural enrichment, school-based partnerships, and youth-led community-building initiatives. To learn more about Hyde Square Task Force, please visit, www.HydeSquare.org.