News & Notes

  • Apr 2, 2013

    On Tuesday, April 9, Haitian revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture will be larger than life in the form of a giant puppet, appearing in Somerville as part of a special community workshop presented by The Underground Railway Theater at The Mystic Activity Center.  US history books do not always include the role that the Haitian Revolution of 1804 played in the US antislavery movement and the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. 
  • Apr 2, 2013
    When Gretty Leal tells her daughter to keep her opinions to herself, she gets a cold response.  "This is a free country," argues her daughter, who is told by her teachers that all opinions are valued.  In Venezuela, where Leal grew up, children are not allowed to give their opinions, both at home and at school.  It is difficult for Leal's daughter to respect that. In America, "it can be hard for children because they are receiving one message at school and another message at home," says Leal.  

    This is just one of the many challenges facing immigrant parents when they combine the traditions of their home country with the parenting styles of a new environment.
  • Apr 1, 2013

    Before leaving Nepal in 2005, Bimala Thapa taught Nepali language and culture to children. Today she is teaching Nepali at the Mystic Activity Center, a 10-week class for 6-12 year-olds sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council and hosted by The Welcome Project. The class has grown quickly from 11 to 17 children who meet on Saturday afternoons to learn to read and write in Nepali.