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MASS MoCA will implement Courageously Optimistic, a program to help underprivileged youth enhance their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The program is part of the four-year Art 4 Change initiative seeking to instill in children the values of empathy, optimism, and courage, which are considered fundamental for problem-solving. Courageously Optimistic will help students in grades pre-K through eight develop these values through a series of no-cost school and family programs including art education fieldtrips, art-making workshops, interactive exhibitions, and performances. The program supports the museum's mission to serve as an agent of change by creating and evaluating curricula and exhibition projects that contribute to a more hopeful vision for the future of Berkshire County.