Hyde Square Task Force, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit organization, has been awarded a $500,000 grant by The Lewis Prize for Music. The organization trains young people in Afro-Latin music, dance and theater in tandem with civic engagement.

Celina Miranda, executive director of Hyde Square Task Force, said in the past year they applied for more than 100 grants. The Lewis Prize comes at a critical time for the organization. “This one [is] not an ordinary grant,” Miranda said.

The award places Hyde Square Task Force within a network of organizations across the country that share a goal of offering effective and creative youth development programs. “It’s a recognition for us that the work that we’ve been

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