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One Boston Resilience Project

We're beginning a citywide community engagement process to envision our collective strength after violence, as illuminated by the Boston Marathon Bombing.

The City of Boston is working with Archipelago Strategies Group to lead a public engagement process that will ultimately inform the creation of a citywide memorial to honor the resilience of the City of Boston.

The Boston Marathon bombings significantly impacted the entire City of Boston, as well as many people around the world. Now, we want to create a process that allows us to come together as a city and reflect on what it means for all Bostonians to be resilient in the face of tragedy and trauma. I look forward to hearing the various voices of Boston documented in this process.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Still have questions? Contact:
Arts and Culture
1 City Hall Square
Room 802
Boston, MA 02201-2029

Project Background

This project is intended to help us build connectivity and resilience across the city. The city’s response to the Boston Marathon Bombing shed light on our community's commitment to supporting our families, friends, and neighbors who have been impacted by violence of all forms. 

The City of Boston issued a call in 2018 for qualified consultants to carry out a public engagement process that seeks input on the development of a citywide memorial. Archipelago Strategies Group, a Boston-based marketing consultancy that specializes in engaging diverse audiences, was selected.

As part of the community engagement process, a community survey and a series of upcoming listening sessions took place over the course of several months. The feedback we received during this process will inform a call-to-artists for the creation of a commemorative artwork. 

We invited the public to share their thoughts and ideas for the memorial through the survey. We aim to ensure that the memorial project will be artistically strong, and align with the needs and desires of the people of Boston. 

This process follows city-led commemorations including the recent dedication of Martin’s Park and the completion of the Boylston Street Markers.  

Memorial Advisory Committee

A mayoral-appointed Memorial Advisory Committee, which includes members of the broad survivor community, advocates, and healers of Boston, has been informing the engagement process to be led by Archipelago Strategies Group and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Tina Cherry, founder of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, has facilitated meetings of the Memorial Advisory Committee and Cher Krause Knight, professor of Art History at Emerson College, served as public art research advisor for the project. 


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