Local and International Pre-Texts Workshops

When: 2007-2011


Pre-Texts started in Boston under the name of the Paper Picker Press, with a grant from a renowned local Foundation in the summer of 2007. In the following years, Cultural Agents facilitated Pre-Texts trainings in many local and international organizations with positive and sustainable results across a range of cultures and settings as follows:


Pilot Projects (2007 – 2008)

During the first year Cultural Agents provided a series of pilot workshops. Valuable lessons from the workshops as well as the evaluation results were analyzed and incorporated into a new program design: the Pre-Texts model for training the trainers. The pilots were hosted at:


  • BRAMAS, Framingham, MA
  • Chelsea’s Boys and Girls Club, Chelsea, MA
  • ZUMIX, East Boston, MA


During the fall, the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI) joined the Pre-Texts pilots to introduce the program in the following schools and after-school programs:


  • Gardner Pilot Academy, Allston, MA
  • Garfield Elementary School, Brighton, MA
  • Winship Elementary School, Brighton, MA
  • Roxbury Tenants, Boston, MA
  • West End Boys and Girls School, Allston, MA
  • Sociedad Latina, Roxbury, MA



Year One (2008 – 2009)

Local Workshops:

  • Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (CMAC), Cambridge, MA
  • Harvard Alumni Association – Family Night, , Cambridge, MA
  • Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


International Workshops:

  • Caribbean University, Puerto Rico
  • University of Guadalajara, México
  • Museo Amparo, Puebla, México
  • Mano Amiga Catholic School, Chalco, México
  • International Book Fair; Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogota, Colombia


Year Two (2009)

Local Workshops:

  • Harvard Alumni Association – Latin American Clubs Leaders Meeting, Cambridge, MA
  • Young People’s Project (YPP), Cambridge, MA
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), Boston, MA
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Boston, MA
  • Mattapan Public Library, Boston, MA
  • The Harvey Milk High School, New York, NY
  • UNICEF, New York, NY
  • Harvard Courses Spring 2009 featuring the PPP philosophy:
    • Linguistics 200, Harvard University
    • YASC – Youth Arts for Social Change, Harvard University Extension School


International Workshops:

  • Universidad del Este, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • 7th Hemispheric Institute Encuentro
  • Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico D.F
  • Fundación Mi Sangre; Medellín, Colombia, participant organizations:
    • Colombian Campaign Against Landmines
    • Plan Hermano Program
    • Handicap International
    • UN-HABITAT / Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile
    • Colombian Association of Landmine Survivors
    • La Familia Ayara
    • CIREC (Center for Integrated Rehabilitation of Colombia)
    • CINDE (International Center for Education and Human Development)
    • Discapacidad Colombia
    • Red Súper-Arte, Colombia


Year Three (2010) 

Local Workshops:

  • East Boston Task Force, Cambridge, MA
  • Colombian Children Visiting Harvard, Cambridge, MA
  • Youth Work Intensive Conference, Cambridge, MA
  • Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA
  • Harvard Arts First, Cambridge, MA
  • Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, MA
  • Zumix, East Boston, MA


International Workshops:

  • Conaculta, Mexico


Year Four (2011)

 Local Workshops:

  • American Repertory Theater (ART), Cambridge, MA
  • Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Youth Work Intensive Conference, Cambridge, MA
  • Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts
  • Harvard African Languages in the Disciplines Conference, Cambridge, MA
  • Harvard Arts First, Cambridge, MA