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East Somerville Community School mural project led by artist David FichterSTARS Residencies (Students and Teachers working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provide grants of $500-$5,000 to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. They are an important part of the Mass Cultural Council's Creative Youth Initiative.

STARS Residencies recognize the vital role that creative learning in the arts, sciences, and humanities plays in the successful education of young people. The arts, sciences, and humanities provide students with much-needed opportunities to uncover hidden talents, discover and express their own ideas, build confidence, explore the natural world, and understand their place in history and the community. For many students, this creative learning inspires them to come to school and stay in school. Cultural partners - teaching artists, scientists, scholars, and cultural organizations - help schools bring creative learning to students, both in and outside the classroom.

Education in the arts, sciences, and humanities also develops important 21st Century skills – skills in creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and presentation, collaboration and teamwork, and cultural awareness. An IBM study of conversations worldwide with more than 1500 chief executive officers (CEO's) - leaders in both the private and public sectors - found that CEO’s “now realize that creativity trumps other leadership characteristics” (Capitalizing on Complexity, 2010.) Creative learning helps to prepare our young people to succeed in the 21st century.

Read more about Mass Cultural Council's vision and support for Creative Youth.

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