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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
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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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Confronting Colonial Myths in Boston's Public Space

This event is facilitated by Erin Genia, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota, an Artist-in-Residence in the City of Boston.

During this virtual panel series, Indigenous leaders and artists will speak about their work in the public realm, and address how symbols perpetuating colonial myths affect the lives of Indigenous people in the City and contribute to the public health emergency of racism.

The first event in this series will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 6 p.m. The second event will be on Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m., and the third event will take place on August 4, at 6 p.m. The events will be livestreamed to the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston Facebook page.

The speakers for the first event include:

  • Mahtowin Munro, Lakota, Co-leader of United American Indians of New England and lead organizer for IndigenousPeoplesDayMA.org, will speak about the “Dismantle Now! BIPOC Solidarity Against White Supremacy: March + Art Action” that took place at Faneuil Hall Square on July 8, as well as her work calling for the removal of the Columbus statue and other colonial monuments and symbols in Boston.
  • Lilly E. Manycolors, mixed Choctaw, interdisciplinary artist and scholar, will discuss her work “MISKODOODISWAN Red Sweat Lodge: Witnessing/Healing of Missing and Murdered Women,” now installed on Boston Common. 
  • Jean-Luc Pierite, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, President of the Board, North American Indian Center of Boston, will talk about his work advocating for the protection of sacred sites around Boston. 

The speakers for the second event will be announced soon.

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Repeats weekly on Tuesday, starting from July 21, 2020, 3 times
Online
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Event Type:
Art
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Northern Avenue Bridge Public Meeting

Join us for a virtual meeting to talk about public art for the Northern Avenue Bridge project.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture is hosting a public meeting on July 16 to share information about the City’s public art commissioning process and hear your thoughts about permanent public art for the new Northern Avenue Bridge. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer session. 

For the safety of the project team and meeting attendees, this meeting will be hosted online, using Zoom. The meeting will be recorded and posted online for those who cannot attend. Join the Zoom meeting link or dial 301-715-8592 and enter Meeting I.D. 817 8531 6085 #.

Additionally, the presentation will be posted on the Arts and Culture website in advance of the meeting to give people who can only attend by phone an opportunity to review the presentation.  

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will accept comments before and after the meeting at bac@boston.com. Please include “Northern Avenue Bridge” in the subject line. Comment period ends on July 30, 2020. 

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online via Zoom
Boston, 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Event Type:
Art
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Mark Juneteenth with 'Poetry as Protest'

The Partnership to Renew the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial (the Museum of African American History, Friends of the Public Garden, the National Park Service, the Friends of the Public Garden, and the City of Boston) is excited to join the Royall House and Slave Quarters in presenting a special Juneteenth program.

Juneteenth 2020 coincides with a pandemic within a pandemic: the challenge of COVID-19 and America’s reckoning with its history of racism. Black Lives Matter.

Beyond the renewal of an iconic monument, we partners seek to educate, inform, and convene community conversations and special programs exploring history, race, and social justice. We hope these dialogues will lead to greater understanding — and ultimately social change which is long overdue. 

Register for the event

Visit the website for more information about the Restoration of the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial on Boston Common.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual via GoToWebinar
Boston, MA
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Liz Sullivan
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Ruggles Corridor integrated public art site walk and talk

We're holding a site walk-through and question and answer session for our Ruggles Corridor integrated Public Art Project.

Artists interested in applying for the City of Boston's call to artists for the Ruggles Corridor integrated Public Art Project are invited to join us for a site walk-through and question and answer session on Friday from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

The walk will start at the Dewitt Center (122 Dewitt Drive, Boston, MA 02120) and proceed down Ruggles Street. 

3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Dewitt Center
122 Dewitt Drive
Boston, MA 02120
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
Event Type:
Art
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A Conversation with Artist Nick Flynn

Join artist Daniel Heyman for a conversation with Nick Flynn about collaboration.

With his new book "Stay", acclaimed poet, artist, and bestselling memoirist Nick Flynn presents a self-portrait via many topics that have circled his work. Ranging from the impact of suicide and homelessness to addiction, political engagement, and the vital power of artistic friendships, "Stay" is a mixed-media retrospective that shows nothing is created in isolation. 

Artist Nick Flynn, photo courtesy of Ryan McGinley

The event will also feature performances by tK (Thalia Zedek, Heather Kapplow, and Phil Milstein), as well as a reading by City of Boston Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla.

Photo of tK (Thalia Zedek, Heather Kapplow, and Phil Milstein) by Rahul Nai, courtesy of Non-Event

6:30pm - 8:00pm
Central Branch of the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Event Type:
Art
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Canceled:
BCYF Girls Open House

Reason for cancellation: Contact the organizer

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact erika.butler@boston.gov.

12:00pm - 3:00pm
BCYF Vine Street Community Center
339 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02118
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Erika Butler
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Roxbury
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Acrobatics with Li Liu

Join us for a one-woman acrobatic performance with Li Liu.

You will learn about the history of acrobatics in China, which goes back more than 2,000 years, and some basic Chinese phrases. Li performs hand balances, plate spinning, ribbon dancing, diabolos, and foot juggling. A limited number of young volunteers get to join her to create an impromptu ribbon dance, and also to try their hand at plate spinning. 

Funding for this program was made possible by the Highland Street Foundation.

11:30am - 12:30pm
BCYF Roslindale Community Center
6 Cummins Highway
Boston, MA 02131
Price:
FREE
Contact:
BCYF Roslindale Community Center
Neighborhood:
Roslindale
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