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Breathe Cambridge: Installation by the Gately Youth Center

Breathe Cambridge: Installation by the
Gately Youth Center

June 20 to September 12, 2011

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 21, 6 p.m.

Breathe Cambridge is a multi-media gallery installation created by youth from the Gately Youth Center. The installation provides an authentic public art-making experience for Cambridge youth that promotes the positive contributions of young people and connects them to community through creativity.

The installation is an immersive and interactive experience that invites visitors learn about and participate in this multi-year public art project. Visitors will experience a soundscape that was created by Cambridge teenagers who collaborated with artists, elders, and other community members to collect diverse voices reading original poetry created with a poem template entitled "I Breathe."

Visitors are encouraged to learn more about the artistic process, to record their own voices to be added to the sound collage, and to bring the "I Breathe" template back to their workplaces, classrooms, and social gatherings so that the project can change and grow along with the community.

Breathe Cambridge is supported by Cambridge Youth Programs, Gately Youth Center, MicroSoft Cambridge, Cambridge Office of Workforce Development, Neighborhood Service Project, Cambridge Arts Council, Local Cultural Council Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cambridge Arts Council, North Cambridge Senior Center, Cambridge Department of Public Works, Harvard University Athena Conference, Frisoli Youth Center, and the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women.