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Silent Rhythms, Inc.

 89 South Street, Suite 203
 Boston, MA 02111
[P] (617) 388-5826
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www.silentrhythms.org
[email protected]
Kerry Thompson
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INCORPORATED: 2017
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 82-0681600

LAST UPDATED: 11/23/2018
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

We believe that the arts have the power to change lives and create a better world. But around the world, too many people have limited access to the arts especially people with disabilities.

Since 2008, our mission has sought to bring people of all backgrounds –with and without disabilities – together to strengthen community and embrace diversity and differences.

Mission Statement

We believe that the arts have the power to change lives and create a better world. But around the world, too many people have limited access to the arts especially people with disabilities.

Since 2008, our mission has sought to bring people of all backgrounds –with and without disabilities – together to strengthen community and embrace diversity and differences.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $0.00
Projected Expense $0.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Salsa in the Park
  • Salsa-ASL

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Overview

Mission Statement

We believe that the arts have the power to change lives and create a better world. But around the world, too many people have limited access to the arts especially people with disabilities.

Since 2008, our mission has sought to bring people of all backgrounds –with and without disabilities – together to strengthen community and embrace diversity and differences.


Background Statement

In 2008, Silent Rhythms was established as a dance program to create accessible dance opportunities for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Blind/Low-Vision. Since our founding, our vision has grown to promote the inclusion of marginalized communities to all arts and recreational activities. In 2017, Silent Rhythms, Inc. was approved as a 501c3.

With your support, Silent Rhythms has taught more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities alongside those without disabilities. We create an inclusive environment by adapting teaching methods tailored to the inclusion of people with disabilities and for the Deaf/DeafBlind/Hard-of-Hearing communities.

Silent Rhythms partners with schools, universities, museums, organizations, the disability community, and more as we aim to help individuals and communities experience a more inclusive arts experience for all.


Impact Statement

Silent Rhythms, Inc. has placed people with disabilities front and center in the arts. More importantly, Silent Rhythms has reached some of the most marginalized members of the disability community who often fall through the gaps. Silent Rhythms as an innovative nonprofit is operating with the disability community’s slogan, “nothing about us without us”.

Some of our key achievements include:

  • Teaching dance to more than 5,000 people with disabilities
  • An increase in accessible arts program by our partners including programs for the Deaf
  • Empowering people with disabilities to become both dancers as well as dance teachers
  • Teaching American Sign Language to dancers to increase communication skills with the Deaf and DeafBlind

Needs Statement

There are one billion people with disabilities worldwide yet few organizations that focus on the inclusion and access of the arts for people with disabilities. One of the most marginalized members of the disability community are the DeafBlind who make up less than 1% of the disability community and often fall through the cracks between services for the Deaf and services for the Blind. 8.6% of Massachusetts residents are estimated to be Deaf or Hard of Hearing (based on US Dept of Health and Human Services estimation). That’s 546,022 Massachusetts Residents who are estimated to have hearing challenges while only an estimate 150 DeafBlind individuals in the State of Massachusetts and an estimate 42,000 DeafBlind individuals in the United States. (1980 Dept of Education Study). Only a small number of organizations support people with disabilities in the arts, very few programs offer support for the Deaf and little or no organization provides support for people who are DeafBlind.


CEO Statement

 
 

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
STATEWIDE

The majority of Silent Rhythms work targets the Boston and Greater Boston area with through a series of dance workshops and training workshops on inclusion to the arts. We teach several workshops across the state of Massachusetts several times a year.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Dance
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Disabled Persons' Rights

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Salsa in the Park

Silent Rhythms, as a program, has taught the American Sign Language (ASL) dance lessons at MetaMovements Dance Company's annual summer series - Salsa in the Park.  A community event hat is open to all people to enjoy Salsa, Bachata, Rueda, and Cuban-Style dance. 
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success  The short-term success is having people with disabilities come to a venue that is warm, friendly, and inclusive. 
Program Long-Term Success  Since 2008, Silent Rhythms has taught more than 2,000 people with disabilities at Salsa in the Park.  Has raised awareness among thousands of dancers and community members about the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts. 
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Examples of Program Success 
- increase number of people with disabilities coming each summer
- increase diversity of disability groups attending
- increase number of people with and without disabilities dancing together
- increase in the number of people using sign language at the event 

Salsa-ASL

The Salsa-ASL workshop is one that brings together people who are Deaf and Hearing together on and off the dance floor through removing communication barriers.  The first half of the program teaches basic American Sign Language phrases while the second half teaches basic dance lessons.  As partners rotate they practice basic conversation phrases before they begin dancing together and when they finish dancing, they practice saying phrases in ASL before they move to their next partner.  The workshops usually precede a dance social where people can dance, practice, and sign.
Budget  10,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Adults People/Families with of People with Disabilities Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
In 2018 alone, Silent Rhythms hosted 5 Salsa-ASL (American Sign Language) workshops which was attended by 15-20 people who were Deaf or Hearing, of all ages, all backgrounds, and all abilities.  People without disabilities or those who were Hearing came away from the workshop more aware of communication challenges facing the Deaf and DeafBlind communities and how to overcome those barriers.  People with disabilities or those who were Deaf or DeafBlind felt less intimidated to learn how to dance knowing that there would be access and communications support.  People from both communities connected to share their stories and develop friendships. 
 
This program was featured in Boston Globe (August 2018) and ABC News' More In Common (October 2018).  
Program Long-Term Success 
The long-term success has meant that more people who are Deaf or DeafBlind feel more comfortable attending dance workshops and dance socials (whether run by Silent Rhythms or other nonprofits).  
 
Because many of the hearing students/dancers who attend the workshops come rom all sectors - healthcare, academic, corporation, technology, social work, and education, they were able to take what they learned on removing communication barriers to apply to their own work especially when interacting with students or consumers with disabilities.  
Program Success Monitored By  The program has been featured in Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and ABC's More In Common.  We keep track of the number of students who attend the workshops and follow up with them.  Many of the students who attended one workshop usually attend future workshops and recommend the workshops to their networks.  
Examples of Program Success  A more inclusive society towards people with disabilities. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kerry M. Thompson
CEO Term Start July 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

DANCE EXPERIENCE

Silent Rhythms Dance Company 2008 – Present

Founder, Director and Dance Instructor

  • Established a dance company that creates equal access to dance for people with disabilities
  • Provide leadership training and awareness raising among 30 high school volunteers
  • Taught dance to more than 5,000 individuals with varying disabilities
  • Raise awareness through training activities and workshops for people without disabilities on how to be inclusive
  • Use dance to help young, deaf survivors of abuse overcome the psychological trauma
  • Work with local dance companies and arts organization to provide access to the arts
  • Partner with Boston Ballet to develop the first ever touch tour for the Blind and DeafBlind of the 2017 Nutcracker and to develop ballet classes for children and the Deaf that is inclusive.
  • Partner with Museum of Fine Arts to teach dance lessons during their Open Houses
  • Partner with Children’s Museum of Bosotn to teach dance lessons during their annual Deaf Day at the Museum
  • Teach merengue, bachata, cha-cha, salsa and rueda to people with disabilities at Salsa in the Park every summer since 2008

Wheelock Family Theater January 2013 – May 2013

Actress and Choreographer

  • Played the role of Angel Mama in the revival of Pippi Longstocking
  • Choreographed the dance scene between Pippi and Angel Mama
  • Incorporate sign language into the dialogue and dance

Boston Rueda Dance Company Summer 2005 - 2008

  • One of the founding members of this dance company
  • Performed with the company at the Miami Rueda Congress

Metamovements Dance Company June 2006 – Present

  • Performer- perform several choreographies for various Salsa Congresses
  • Instructor- teaching Latin Dancing, designed the groundbreaking Salsa Dancing for the Deaf program

Other- Dance Training in Merengue, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Rueda, Swing, and Tango. Performed in Hawaii, Paris (Moulin Rouge), New York City, Miami and the New England Region

LECTURES and PRESENTATIONS

Boston Ballet Adaptive Dance Conference - Building Inclusion in Dance – (July 2016, 2017)

la VI Convención Internacional de Actividad Física y Deportes -Promoting Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Physical Activities (Havana, Cuba; November 2015)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)- Disability in Domestic and Global Contexts (March 2012)

Harvard Law School- International Rights, Childhood and Globalization (December 2009, 2010, and 2011)

Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University. Adolescent Transitions to Adulthood: An International Conference to mark the Coming of Age of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Dec 2011)

Panel 1: Adolescent Resilience: Overcoming Violence and Poverty

Pacific Rim International Forum (April 2010) Keynote Speaker

Harvard Kennedy School- 60th anniversary celebration of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Dec 2010)

Harvard Medical School- More to Life than Genes (Spring 2005 and 2006)

BOOK PUBLICATIONS

Emerging from the Shadows: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child & the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (University of Pennsylvania Press. Publication Date – August 28, 2014)

Foreword to Irene Rizzini’s Cuidado familiar e saude mental (2013)

EDUCATION

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts May 2008

Master’s in Human Development & Psychology.

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts Sept 2002

Coursework in International Business and International Relations

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 2001

Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Bachelor of Arts in English

Study Abroad- London, England

SKILLS

Highly Proficient in MICROEDGE database, WordPress, Drupal, MAC, Pages, Microsoft Office; Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL); langue des signes française (LSF, studied in France) and Braille.

OTHER

White House Fellowship National Finalist 2016 – 2017

Focus on People First Award Finalist 2016

Harvard University School of Public Health’s Health and Human Rights Fellowship (2013)

Serves on Board of Directors for Deaf, Inc. (2013 - )

Serves as Liaison for DeafBlind Community Access Network Advisory Council (2013 - )

Serves as Vice-Chair for the Massachusetts Statewide Advisory Council for MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2014 - )

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Staff Information

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Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 0%

Staff Demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
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Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
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Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration No

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Thomas S. McNally
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary
Board Chair Term Nov 2015 -
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Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Thomas S. McNally Esq. Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary Voting
Ms. Kerry M. Thompson Silent Rhythms, Inc. Exofficio
Ms. Tracy Wemett Broad PR Voting

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Board Demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
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Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

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Financials


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Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $1,200.00
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The organization was approved as a 501c3 on November 6, 2017 hence why we do not yet have audit statements, finance statements or 990s yet.  Additionally, as a new nonprofit we are in the beginning stages of fundraising. 

Foundation Comments

This organization is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in 2017, as such, financial summary data will be posted when it becomes available.

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