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Roxbury Poetry Festival

The Roxbury Poetry Festival is a biennial event led by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola centering poetry in Roxbury.

The inaugural festival is happening on June 5, 2021, from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. The festival features several award-winning writers, panelists, and curators, and centers a keynote address from 2020 Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Jericho Brown. The day-long event culminates with a Publisher’s Poetry Slam sponsored by Button Poetry that yields a book contract for a local writer and a “Beast The Beat” concert battle highlighting a local hip hop artist. The festival is free and open to the public.

Due to the pandemic and the goal to ensure a public health-conscious space, the majority of this year’s festival will take place online. If public health guidance permits, some events will take place outdoors. All in-person events for the festival will be conducted in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidance

Register for the festival

10:00am - 9:00pm
Happening online
Boston, MA 02120
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
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Dewitt Playground public art: Virtual community meeting

Join Team P.L.A.Y. on May 4 from 7 - 8 p.m. to learn about the new long-term public art project commissioned by the City of Boston for Dewitt Playground.

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture commissioned Team P.L.A.Y., made up of artist Marlon Forrester and Studio Luz Architects, to create a long-term artwork in the newly renovated Dewitt Playground. The project is funded by the City of Boston's Percent for Art Program. 

Team P.L.A.Y. invites interested those who are interested to come learn about the project and share their feedback.

Join the virtual meeting

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online
Boston, MA 02120
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jason Jang (Studio Luz)
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
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Dewitt Playground public art: In-person community meeting

Join Team P.L.A.Y. on April 17 from 1 - 3 p.m. to learn about the new long-term public art project commissioned by the City of Boston for Dewitt Playground.

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture commissioned Team P.L.A.Y., made up of artist Marlon Forrester and Studio Luz Architects, to create a long-term artwork in the newly renovated Dewitt Playground. The project is funded by the City of Boston's Percent for Art Program. 

Team P.L.A.Y. invites interested those who are interested to come learn about the project and share their feedback.

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dewitt Playground at Madison Park Athletic Complex
122 Dewitt Drive
Boston, MA 02120
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jason Jang (Studio Luz)
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
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Roxbury Poetry Festival

Join us and Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola for Boston's inaugural Roxbury Poetry Festival on June 5, 2021.

The Roxbury Poetry Festival is a biennial event centering poetry in Roxbury. The inaugural festival is happening virtually with the exception of two evening events. The festival features several award-winning writers, panelists, and curators, and centers a keynote address from 2020 Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Jericho Brown. The day-long event culminates with:

  • a Publisher’s Poetry Slam, sponsored by Button Poetry, that yields a book contract for a local writer, and
  • a "Beast The Beat” concert battle highlighting local hip-hop artists.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the festival

10:00am - 9:00pm
Online
Boston, MA 02119
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
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2021 Mayor's Poetry Program reading

Join us and Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola for our annual Mayor's Poetry Program reading, happening virtually on April 21 from 4 - 5 p.m.

Several poets will be reading original poems that celebrate Boston and remind people what a culturally exciting city it is to live and work in. The event is free and open to the public, and will also be livestreamed on the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture Facebook page.

The selected poems will be displayed in Boston City Hall and will also be available in an online gallery.

Register on Zoom

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Happening online
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Event Type:
Art
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Upham's Corner Working Advisory Group meeting

The Working Advisory Group is a City-appointed advisory group for the Upham's Corner Implementation process.

The group meets every other Monday from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. The meetings are currently happening virtually.

Join the meeting

Upham's Corner Arts and Innovation District

6:15pm - 7:45pm
Repeats every other week on Monday, starting from April 19, 2021, 12 times
Virtual Meeting
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Economic Development
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
Event Type:
Art
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East Boston: Free virtual workshop series with artist Monika Bravo!

Join artist Monika Bravo for a series of experiential, virtual workshops as part of the community engagement process for her upcoming commission, "UNUS MUNDUS", for the new Area A-7 police station. This long-term public art project is being funded by the City of Boston’s Percent for Art program.

The workshops will be held on March 12 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., March 13 from 10 - 11:30 a.m., and March 14 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

The theme of the workshops is “EN-JOY: I see U in Me - in a new perspective”. Through a childlike view with whimsical animations and characters, participants will learn and practice key elements of deep listening, differences, and similes (shadow work) in both larger group settings and smaller breakout sessions. In conjunction with her commissioned artwork, participants will be creating mobiles using templates Monika provides, or ones they create on their own. All ages are welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult), and residents of East Boston are especially encouraged to participate.

These three sessions are intended to build on each other, so participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions. A Zoom link will be sent out to participants who fill out the form below. Individuals must register by March 11 at noon.

Learn more about Monika's public art project

10:00am - 11:30am
Repeats daily, starting from March 13, 2021, 2 times
Happening virtually
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
East Boston
Event Type:
Art
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East Boston: Free virtual workshop series with artist Monika Bravo!

Join artist Monika Bravo for a series of experiential, virtual workshops as part of the community engagement process for her upcoming commission, "UNUS MUNDUS", for the new Area A-7 police station. This long-term public art project is being funded by the City of Boston’s Percent for Art program.

The workshops will be held on March 12 from 4 - 5:30 p.m., March 13 from 10 - 11:30 a.m., and March 14 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

The theme of the workshops is “EN-JOY: I see U in Me - in a new perspective”. Through a childlike view with whimsical animations and characters, participants will learn and practice key elements of deep listening, differences, and similes (shadow work) in both larger group settings and smaller breakout sessions. In conjunction with her commissioned artwork, participants will be creating mobiles using templates Monika provides, or ones they create on their own. All ages are welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult), and residents of East Boston are especially encouraged to participate.

These three sessions are intended to build on each other, so participants are strongly encouraged to attend all three sessions. A Zoom link will be sent out to participants who fill out the form below. Individuals must register by March 11 at noon.

Learn more about Monika's public art project

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Happening virtually
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
East Boston
Event Type:
Art
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COVID-19 arts sector update

Join the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture for an update on COVID-19 and reopening for Boston's arts community.

You can register for the meeting through the link below:

Register for the meeting

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Happening virtually
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Event Type:
Art
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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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