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Music for Healing and Dialogue



A civic arts project using music to support healing and dialogue on gun violence, race and law enforcement practices for Boston residents. Led by Boston Artist-in-Residence Shaw Pong Liu (violinist and composer) in partnership with the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department, and community organizations including the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Teen Empowerment and the Mattapan Teen Center.

Workshops for Police and Teens

Over the summer 2016, musician Shaw Pong Liu led two series of song-writing and creative music workshops for police officers and teens to share their personal experiences and build mutual understanding around challenging topics of gun violence, racism, and law enforcement practices.

The first series was 7 workshops with BPD musicians from districts around the City and musician-teens from Teen Empowerment and the Mattapan Teen Center in late July and early August, leading up to 4 community performances.

The second series was a 5-day intensive in August with 7 B-3 Mattapan officers and 15 youth, with co-teaching artists Herman Hampton (Berklee School of Music) and Willie Jones, Jr. (South End United Methodist).

Both series included guest lectures on racism and racial justice by Dr. Atyia Martin, City of Boston's Chief of Resilience and Racial Equity, and draw from Teen Empowerment's strategies for police-youth dialogues.