Families Creating Together to host 10th anniversary awards dinner

Families Creating Together, an award-winning program providing children of all abilities and their families with expressive arts opportunities, will celebrate its 10th anniversary at a “Dreaming of Community” awards dinner at 1st Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain on November 9 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

State Representative Nika Elugardo, who will emcee the event, said she is honored to share this night with the FCT family and community members. A Jamaica Plain resident, she represents the 15th Suffolk District which includes JP, Mission Hill, Roslindale and Brookline, and has been called “a pioneering advocate for opportunity and social justice.” She holds a B.S. from M.I.T., M.P.P. from Harvard University, and J.D. from Boston University.

Dorchester resident and award-winning Cape Verdean musician Bino Barros will perform. Barros is a singer, songwriter and composer who was born on the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. His soulful sound has made him an international success with awards that include the Revelation Artist Award at Cabo Verde Music Awards.

Reverend June Cooper, Executive Director of Dorchester-based agency City Mission--a non-profit focused on homelessness prevention--will be honored along with Susan Perlstein, Founder/Director, Elders Share the Arts and National Center for Creative Aging, and Jude Goldman, Executive Director, Lenny Zakim Fund.

FCT provides multicultural, multilingual and intergenerational programs that offer inclusive opportunities in the arts for children of all abilities and family members. Grandparents raising their grandchildren often participate. Along with inspirational journeys into the arts, FCT strengthens participants’ access to a variety of community supports. All FCT programs are free of charge.

“At FCT, on this significant anniversary, we honor those whose lives and work are guided by a vision of ‘Dreaming of Community,’ said Edward Pazzanese, founder and director of FCT. “The power of the arts can be life-changing. We believe that creating art in an inclusive community environment empowers children and families to move forward in their lives with pride, strength and joy.”

The program will also include music and a gourmet dinner. Tickets are available for purchase for $50 each at familiescreatingtogether.org.