A-VOYCE’s civic leadership program aims at transforming and beautifying spaces in Chinatown through placemaking projects.
The act of placemaking is defined as a philosophy meant to unify the needs of people with the management and design of places. At its core, placemaking means creating spaces for a community. Within the civic leadership program, members have accomplished projects such as planning the annual Films at the Gate and Respace the Place.
- FILMS AT THE GATE : The annual Films at the Gate, a free, 3 day, outdoor film festival allows for the community to gather and enjoy martial arts films and cultural arts performances at the Chinatown Gate. The film festival draws over 600 visitors over the course of a weekend. A-VOYCE members are the given the chance to practice their event planning skills in the weeks leading up to the film festival. Youth leaders plan and run the festival by designing promotional materials, in addition to handling set-up, A/V operations, sales, and cleanup.
- RESPACE THE PLACE: Respace the Place is a multi-series project that seeks to activate and revitalize underutilized spaces in the Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. Examples of past projects within Respace the Place have been A-VOYCE’s “Humans of Chinatown,” a public art installation showcasing Chinatown community members and visitors, in addition to the organization’s “You are Here” project. For the “You are Here” interactive art installation, A-VOYCE youth reclaimed an empty Chinatown lot and decorated it with colorful flags bearing the reasons community members and visitors came to Chinatown.