Mayor Martin J. Walsh and SPARK Boston announced the five 2016 SPARK Impact Award winners, including Sherri Snow, Executive Director of North End Music and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC). Snow won in the category of Community Building and Neighborhood Improvement.
Sherri Snow said she looks to “inspire community members, especially youth, to experiment with artistic programming in their daily lives. I believe art can make a difference in youth lives, their development and their well-being. Art can also unite diverse communities like the North End, unlike any other discipline or focus in today’s society.”
Mayor Walsh put out an open call for nominations for the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards this summer. A selection committee comprised of SPARK Boston Council members reviewed over a hundred nominations in order to select these finalists, whose personal stories can be found on SPARK Boston’s website. A round of online voting determined the winners in each category.
“Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 SPARK Impact Awards, and thank you to all who submitted nominations,” said Mayor Walsh. “The young men and women we honor are true changemakers, sharing their talent and innovation with Boston. I look forward to the many accomplishments they will continue to bring to our City.”
In addition to the award presentation, the event featured a networking reception, a keynote speech by award winning filmmaker and arts advocate Jae Williams, and award presentation by 2015 Impact Award winner and CEO of Zapp RX Zoe Barry.
2016 SPARK IMPACT AWARD WINNERS:
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Ian So, nominated for spearheading the Chicken & Rice Guys Foundation and founding of the Boston Asian Entrepreneurship Foundation
- Arts & Culture
Matt Parker, nominated for using poetry as a tool for effective community building and violence prevention
- Community Building and Neighborhood Improvement
Sherri Snow, nominated for leadership as Executive Director of the North End Music & Performing Arts Center
- Activism and Issue Advocacy
Mario Paredes, nominated for serving as Centro Presente’s youngest board member
- Unsung Heroes
Taylor Curley, nominated for going above and beyond to support her special needs students at the Mattahunt Elementary School
Boston is home to a large and diverse millennial population. SPARK Boston (formerly ONEin3) is a City of Boston initiative that aims to empower the millennial generation to play a greater role in planning for the future of our city.
SPARK Boston focuses on engaging the next generation of civic leaders and social entrepreneurs in the work of city government. This will shape how the City designs and develops policies, convenes stakeholders for important initiatives, and works collaboratively with young people to shape Boston’s future. Learn more at www.sparkbos.com.