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Express Yourself:  ALIVE 2018

Monday, September 24 - Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Carol Grillo Gallery and Desnoyers Overlook

Reception: Thursday, October 11, 5 - 7 p.m.

Featuring:  Combo Sambroso with Stan Strickland and the Express Yourself Dancers

Reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Funded in part by the van Otterloo Foundation.

Beverly, MA – Express Yourself, ALIVE 2018, features set designs and artwork from their outstanding performance at the Bock Center Wang Theater on May 31, 2018.  This year’s exhibition features the artistic talents of over 150 youth from 80 Greater Boston and North Shore community collaborators interpretations of the term “alive”.  These interpretations morphed into the vibrant set comprised of an energetic city, a 3-D botanical arboretum, and student animated Soundsuits.  The artwork at Endicott was the backdrop to performances including guest residencies from STOMP and Broadway Dancers.

This year’s celebratory reception at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts on October 11 will include the Express Yourself Dancers along with Stan Strickland and Combo Sambroso.  Two of Endicott College’s B.F.A. in Art Therapy students Emily Surabian and Caroline Casey, interned with Express Yourself, and continued their work into the Spring 2018 semester, culminating in the production at the Wang Theater.

SAVE THE DATE:  Express Yourself Co-Directors, Stan Strickland and Paula Conrad will join in the kick off of their 25th year performance at the Boch Center – Wang Theater on May 23, 2019, don’t miss this one!  The partnership is celebrated with the Department of Mental Health and the Boch Center

Express Yourself is a safe and supportive environment for young individuals with mental illness and at-risk youth, allowing these unique students to delve into visual arts, movement, and music, all as a means of building community and self-confidence.   The award winning Express Yourself is the only program in the state funded by the Department of Mental Health and the Mass Cultural Council.  Learn more about Express Yourself, Inc. at 

If you have any questions regarding Express Yourself: ALIVE 2018, or would like to schedule a group gallery visit, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or