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Public art at the East Boston Police Station: An artist talk with Monika Bravo

Join the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture on January 21 from 5 - 6 p.m. for a virtual artist talk with Monika Bravo, the artist commissioned for the long-term public art project at the new Area A-7 Police Station in East Boston.

Monika’s project, "UNUS MUNDUS", is being funded by the City of Boston’s Percent for Art program. She aims to create a mesmerizing environment that invites the audience to mutual participation and resonates with the historical elements of the site.

During the talk, Monika will be in conversation with Director of Eastie Farm Kannan Thiruvengadam and the City of Boston’s Director of Public Art Karin Goodfellow. Monika will give a brief summary of her work and her plans for an upcoming series of experiential community workshops. The workshop methodology includes diverse animated characters, and defining words combined with a hands-on experience of creating a mobile to understand the concept of integrating our differences through perspective as a material.

There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the artist talk where community members will be invited to ask questions. Spanish interpretation will be available during the event.

Register for the event

To learn more about Monika Bravo and this project, visit our public art website.

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Zoom
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Art Commission
Neighborhood:
East Boston
Event Type:
Art
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Radical Imagination for Racial Justice opening celebration

Join the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture and MassArt in celebrating the pilot year of the Radical Imagination for Racial Justice (RIRJ) program.

We'll be introducing the inaugural cohort of 16 artists and collectives of color who are working to imagine a racially just future with their communities.

The event will happen on January 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and will be held via Zoom. You can register in advance for the event.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Learn more about RIRJ

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Event Type:
Art
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Friendsgiving at Boston City Hall's Mayor's Gallery

Join the artists from Real F.R.I.E.N.D.S to celebrate Friendsgiving and their show currently on view at Boston's City Hall!

Join the Real F.R.I.E.N.D.S artists for artistic nourishment for the soul! We will be discussing collaboration, friendship and art with artists including Jamaal Eversley, Joan Ganon, Stephanie Ayotte, Stephanie Osser, and Fernando Fula, as well as Beacon Gallery owner and director Christine O'Donnell and John Crowley from Boston's Curator and Exhibitions Coordinator, City Hall Galleries.

Grab a drink or a nibble and log in to join us. Learn more about the exhibition.

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Happening virtually
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Event Type:
Art
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Canceled:
Indigenous Peoples' Medicine Fire

Reason for cancellation: This event is being postponed.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Medicine Fire, taking place from dawn to dusk on Saturday, November 28, 2020, is a healing fire that is open to all people who are in need of prayer or who need to pray for others. We recognize that these are difficult times and many people have lost loved ones. This is a time set aside for reflection and to offer your prayers to the fire. Anyone may speak, but all are asked to be mindful that this is a time set aside for reflection and spiritual support. Individulas are not welcome to voice grievances.

The event will happen rain or shine. No photography or video capturing is allowed.

Visitors are asked to not bring anything. Bottled water and packaged snacks will be on hand only for those with special needs.

COVID-19 Guidelines

All participant must wear a mask and comply with posted social distancing protocols. There will be no contact, hugging, kissing, or handshaking between participants. People who are sick or who have symptoms such as cough, fever, or loss of taste should not attend. Please register for a ticketed time slot so we can ensure the gathering does not exceed 25 people at a time to align with public health guidelines.


Directions
  • Walking: Walk a half mile to the top of Scarboro Hill, in Franklin Park. Follow the signs from the picnic area and tennis courts to the Medicine Fire.
  • Driving: From I-93, take exit 11 Granite Avenue, continue through, and take a left at the fourth light onto Neponset Avenue. Neponset Avenue becomes Morton Street. At the rotary, take the last exit onto Circuit Drive. Take the first right into Franklin Park. Do not turn into Lemuel Shattuck Hospital driveway. There is limited parking available.
  • Public Transit: Accessible via the Forest Hills T Stop.
6:45am - 3:45pm
Scarboro Hill at Franklin Park
Boston, MA 02124
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
Posted:
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Roxbury Branch Public Art: Artist talk and poetry reading

Learn about one of the public art projects coming to the new Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture invites you to a virtual artist talk and poetry reading for the Roxbury Branch Library Clerestory Project on Thursday, November, 5th, 2020, from 5:30 PM- 6:30 PM.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture is hosting this virtual talk to share information about the project, which is the first of two public art projects that will complement the renovation of the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library. There will be a short presentation and poetry reading, followed by a question and answer session.

To participate in the event, join the Zoom meeting. If you are unable to connect to audio or you do not have internet, you can call into the meeting by dialing +1-646-558-8656 US and entering Meeting Meeting ID: 867 3810 0889#. This event will also be live-streamed on the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture Facebook page.

About the participants

Nakia Hill was named a Boston Artist-in-Residence in 2018 by Mayor Walsh. She is a writer, journalist, and educator who focuses on empowering women to use writing as a tool for healing and resistance. Hill is the author of two books: "Water Carrier" and "I Still Did It". Learn more about Nakia or purchase her books on her website.

Asiyah is a poet, activist, and 826 Boston’s Youth Literary Advisory Board’s Teaching Artist. She was a finalist for the City of Boston’s Youth Poet Laureate residency.

Joe Wardwell is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) where he founded the Brandeis-in-Siena program in 2015. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1996 from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). In 1999, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University (Boston, MA).  Currently on view through 2022, Wardwell has a large scale wall drawing commissioned for the renovation of building 6 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA) and Wardwell's work is in each collection. In 2012, Wardwell was a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Painting and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Creative Arts at Boston University. In addition to numerous group exhibitions throughout the region, he has held solo exhibitions in New York, New Haven, Boston, and Seattle. In 2020, Wardwell will exhibit in New York with the Frosch and Portmann gallery in the Lower East Side. His work is represented in Boston by the LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA). Wardwell lives with his family in Jamaica Plain and his studio is in Dorchester.

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Happening online
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
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HOME: Poetry reading and open mic series

This project is made possible in part by the Academy of American Poets, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

HOME is a poetry reading, open mic, and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. It consists of a featured reader and brief open mic every first Friday of the month, followed by a writing workshop the following Saturday morning. Anthony Febo will host the readings and open mics, and the dates are listed below.

The theme, HOME, is born out of our current space, time, crisis, and future-shaping. What does home mean? What isn’t home? Who is lacking home? Now that we are all home so much, how do we like our homes? Ourselves? Our families? What is home, in the literal and figurative sense? Is the body a type of home? How so? Is a poem a type of home? How do we integrate this into content and craft?

HOME is curated by our current Poet Laureate, Porsha Olayiwola.  A Boston transplant and Roxbury resident, Olayiwola seeks to create a shared digital space for Bostonians to write and share at the intersection of poetry and storytelling. 

Readings and open mics will be held on the first Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Register for a reading and open mic 

7:30pm - 9:30pm
Repeats monthly on Friday, but only the first instance of this set, starting from February 5, 2021, until June 4, 2021
Happening Virtually
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
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Workshop Series

Workshops will be held every first Saturday of the month from November 2020 to June 2021.

Workshop information

Upcoming readings and open mics

February 5, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Rachel McKibbens
March 5, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Monica Sok
April 2, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Krysten Hill
May 7, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Martin Espada
June 4, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. Rajiv Mohabir
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HOME: Poetry workshop series

This project is made possible in part by the Academy of American Poets, with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

HOME is a poetry reading, open mic, and workshop series led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola. It consists of a featured reader and brief open mic every first Friday of the month, followed by a writing workshop the following Saturday morning. Workshop topics are listed below.

The theme, HOME, is born out of our current space, time, crisis, and future-shaping. What does home mean? What isn’t home? Who is lacking home? Now that we are all home so much, how do we like our homes? Ourselves? Our families? What is home, in the literal and figurative sense? Is the body a type of home? How so? Is a poem a type of home? How do we integrate this into content and craft?

HOME is curated by our current Poet Laureate, Porsha Olayiwola.  A Boston transplant and Roxbury resident, Olayiwola seeks to create a shared digital space  for Bostonians to write and share at the intersection of poetry and storytelling. 

Workshops will be held on the first Saturday of the month, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Register for a workshop

11:30am - 1:00pm
Repeats monthly on Saturday, but only the first instance of this set, starting from February 6, 2021, until June 5, 2021
Happening Virtually
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
Posted:
Poetry Reading and Open Mic Series

The poetry readings and open mics will be held on the first Friday of every month through June 2021:

Open mic information

Upcoming workshops

Upcoming workshops
About the Facilitator

Poet, activist, playwright and essayist Rachel McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed volume of poetry, "Pink Elephant" (Cypher Books, 2009.) Regarded as one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, McKibbens is a legend within the poetry slam community, noted for her accomplishments both on and off the stage. She is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, and is the 2009 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. For four years, McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental health awareness, gender-equality and victims of violence and domestic abuse.

About the workshop

When the world all around is calling for clear distinctions, loyalties to Self and hatred of others—smooth narratives—what greater threat exists than that voice which rejects such easy orthodoxies with their readily understood rhetoric and urges, instead, the most difficult readings, those that embrace the painfully impossible in the human heart?”

-Maria Rosa Menocal

THE MAGIC and UNCERTAINTY OF MEMORY II

The magic and uncertainty of memory often gives way to the fantastic, allowing our stories to inherit the dreamlike qualities of the subconscious. In this discussion, we will explore how fragments and masks (in both language and persona) allow us to push art beyond the boundaries of truth, permitting the core depths of ourselves to be revealed in their darkest, most feral forms. By examining the work of contemporary poets and visual artists, we will learn the importance of allowing the many versions of truth to push back against oppressive realities. 

Headshot of Rachel McKibbens
Headshot of Rachel McKibbens

About the Facilitator

Monica Sok is a Cambodian-American poet and the daughter of refugees. She is the author of "A Nail the Evening Hangs On" (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a "Discovery" Prize from 92Y. She is the recipient of fellowships from Poetry Society of America, Hedgebrook, Elizabeth George Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, and others. Currently, Sok is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches poetry to Southeast Asian youths at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, California. She is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

A description of the workshop will be posted here soon.

Headshot of Monica Sok
Headshot of Monica Sok

About the Facilitator

Krysten Hill is the author of "How Her Spirit Got Out" (Aforementioned Productions, 2016), which received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. Her work has been featured in The Academy of American Poets, apt, B O D Y, Boiler Magazine, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Muzzle, PANK,Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter Tangerine Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award and 2020 Mass Cultural Council Poetry Fellowship, she received her MFA in poetry from University of Massachusetts Boston, where she currently teaches. You can find out more about her work on her website.

A description of the workshop will be posted here soon.

Headshot of Krysten Hill
Photo of Krysten Hill, courtesy of Jon Beckley

About the Facilitator

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York . He has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His forthcoming book of poems from Norton is called Floaters. Other books of poems include "Vivas to Those Who Have Failed" (2016), "The Trouble Ball" (2011), "The Republic of Poetry" (2006), "Alabanza" (2003), "A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen" (2000), "Imagine the Angels of Bread" (1996), and "City of Coughing and Dead Radiators" (1993). He is the editor of "What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump" (2019). He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays and poems, "Zapata’s Disciple" (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and reissued by Northwestern. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst..

A description of this workshop will be posted here soon.

Headshot of Martin Espada, photo courtesy of David González
Headshot of Martin Espada, photo courtesy of David González

About the Facilitator

Rajiv Mohabir is the author of "The Cowherd’s Son" (Tupelo Press 2017, winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize; Eric Hoffer Honorable Mention 2018) and "The Taxidermist’s Cut (Four Way Books 2016, winner of the Four Way Books Intro to Poetry Prize, Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry in 2017), and translator of "I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara" (1916) (Kaya Press 2019, winner of the 2020 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets) which received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant Award. His memoir, ANTIMAN, won the 2019 Reckless Books’ New Immigrant Writing Prize and is forthcoming 2021. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of poetry in the MFA program at Emerson College, translations editor at Waxwing Journal.

A description of the workshop will be posted here soon.

Rajiv Mohabir headshot
Headshot of Rajiv Mohabir

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Trans and non-binary town hall

The event will discuss the representation of transgender and nonbinary individuals in the City of Boston’s policies and processes.

City of Boston Artist-In-Residence Golden and Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) Founding Director Zenaida Peterson will co-host a virtual Town Hall on October 7 from 4 - 6 p.m., in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. The event will discuss the representation of transgender and nonbinary individuals in the City of Boston’s policies and processes, with a focus on naming ways the City can better support transgender and nonbinary Bostonians.

This town hall will collect written and oral testimony specifically from trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender-expansive individuals currently living in the Greater Boston area.

Submit testimony

Through the Boston Artists-in-Residence (AIR) program, artists work with a parallel cohort of City partners to explore, critique, and re-imagine City initiatives at the intersection of civil service, social justice, and artistic practice.

About Golden

Golden (they/them) is a black gender-nonconforming trans-femme photographer and poet raised in Hampton, VA, currently residing in Boston, MA. Golden is the recipient of a Pink Door Fellowship (2017/2019), an Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Luminaries Fellowship (2019), the Frontier Award for New Poets (2019), and a Pushcart Nomination (wildness, 2019). Their work has been featured on/at the Shade Journal, the Offing, wildness, Button Poetry, Buzzfeed, i-D, Interview Magazine, & elsewhere. Golden holds a BFA in Photography from New York University and is currently a City of Boston Artist-in-Residence. Instagram | Twitter | Golden's website

About Zenaida Peterson

Zenaida Peterson, author of “Breakfast for Dinner and Other Blasphemous Things” published by Pizza Pi Press is a mystic, an organizer, a house plant gardener and a Black non-binary poet from the south currently thriving in Boston, Massachusetts. They are the founding director of Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS), an all ages radical poetry slam centering marginalized people and celebrating the feminine. Zenaida are easing the impacts of 2020 by learning to make plant medicine, engaging in restorative justice, mutual aid and farming. They are the Equity and Empowerment Director of Quaker Voluntary Service. Their current project is spending each month of 2020 conquering a different fear of theirs.

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Virtual Event
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston AIR
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Event Type:
Art
Posted:
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Question and answer session: Adams Street branch library call to artists

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is hosting a question and answer session for artists and artist teams interested in the Call to Artists for public art at the Adams Street branch library.

The session will be held virtually on September 9, 2020, at 6 p.m. ET. Interested artists can participate by visiting our Zoom meeting. You can submit a question in advance through our online form.

The deadline to apply for the public art project is September 16, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET.

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Online
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Event Type:
Art
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Question and Answer session: Roxbury Branch Library Call to Artists

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is hosting a question and answer session for artists and artist teams interested in the Call to Artists for public art at the Roxbury Branch Library.

The session will be held virtually on September 2, 2020, at 6 p.m. ET. Questions can be submitted in advance using our online form.

This is the second of two public art projects that will complement the renovation of the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library. The deadline to apply for the project is September 9, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET. Learn more about the project.

Interested artists can join the meeting using this link, or by dialing 646-558-8656 and entering Meeting ID 853 0361 6603#.

6:00pm - 7:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Sarah Rodrigo
Event Type:
Art
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