Arts & Social Justice: Youth Led Creations. Youth Led Change.

Spring Social Issue Talk Series
March 05, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cooley LLP
SIT web

Join the Social Innovation Forum on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 12:00-1:30 pm for the Social Issue Talk "Arts & Social Justice: Youth Led Creations. Youth Led Change." Lunch will be provided. 


maria garcia
Maria Garcia, Senior Editor, The ARTery, WBUR
Maria Garcia is the senior editor of The ARTery, WBUR's arts and culture team. She oversees WBUR's arts coverage for the radio and the web. Maria came to Boston from New York City where she earned a Master of Arts in Journalism, with a focus on arts and culture reporting, from Columbia Journalism School. Before that, Maria focused on political and investigative reporting along the U.S. - Mexico border.
Maria started her career as a 19-year-old intern at ABC-7 in El Paso, and worked her way to lead investigative reporter and the youngest anchor of a 35-minute discussion program. Maria broke and investigated several big stories, including the mysterious loss of nearly $30 million at city hall and lack of financial reporting by public officials. Her stories often led to community action, including a city ethics investigation, reform of bidding rules, and performance improvement plans for high level city officials.
After a decade of political reporting, Maria decided to pursue another long-standing passion: arts journalism. She is interested in arts reporting in New England’s underrepresented areas, as well as investigative stories about Boston’s legacy arts institutions.

2020 Social Innovator

Elevated Thought
Based in Lawrence, MA, Elevated Thought is an art and social justice organization that actively serves and develops communities through creative youth development curriculum, beautification projects, youth organizing, and public outreach. By focusing on youth who are persistently experiencing the devastating consequences of inequality, Elevated Thought provides opportunities for youth and communities to expand their understanding of art's liberating power. 

Track Partner 
JAKET Foundation


This Spring, the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) will continue our annual Social Issue Talk Series. We will hold eight free educational events across the city where funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts in our social impact community and 2020 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.