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Happy Birthday, Cowboy: A Boston Youth Poet Laureate Poetry Reading

Join us for an evening of poetry featuring Parker-Vincent Alva, Boston's Youth Poet Laureate!

April 24, 2024
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Boston, MA 02203
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
  • Posted:
2024-04-24T18:00:47 - 2024-04-24T20:00:00

On Wednesday, April 24, 2024, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Boston City Hall Plaza's Civic Pavilion, we'll be celebrating National Poetry Month with a reading featuring Parker-Vincent Alva, Boston's new Youth Poet Laureate! This is Parker's first public reading as Youth Poet Laureate. 

Host: Boston's Poet Laureate, Porsha Olayiwola

Guest performances by: Crystal Valentine, Amy Luo, and more poets to be announced!

Light refreshments will be provided.

Happy Birthday, Cowboy poster

April 24, 2024
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Boston, MA 02203
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
  • Posted:
2024-04-24T18:00:47 - 2024-04-24T20:00:00
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Mayor's Poetry Program Reading

Join us in celebrating National Poetry Month with the annual Mayor's Poetry Program reading!

April 26, 2024
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Civic Pavilion
    City Hall Plaza
    Boston, MA 02203
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-04-26T12:00:00 - 2024-04-26T13:30:00

Update: NEW LOCATION - due to weather, this event will now be held at City Hall Plaza's Civic Pavilion (5 Congress St, at the intersection of Congress St and Hanover St across from the Boston Public Market).

The Mayor's Poetry Program is an annual program in which Boston residents are invited to submit poems to be displayed throughout City Hall and in an online gallery for one year. The theme for 2024, selected by Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola, was "Resistance".

Fifteen poems were selected to be displayed throughout City Hall for a year. Selected poets and honorable mentions will be participating in a reading on Friday, April 26, from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza's Civic Pavilion.

RSVP

April 26, 2024
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Civic Pavilion
    City Hall Plaza
    Boston, MA 02203
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-04-26T12:00:00 - 2024-04-26T13:30:00
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Reclaiming Folk: Celebrating People of Color in Folk Music

The Reclaiming Folk Event Series is a celebration of people of color in folk music. Folk music is traditional music, folk music is storytelling, folk music is music of the people, and folk music is a voice for what’s happening in the world today.

April 4, 2024
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • 700 Boylston Street
    Rabb Lecture Hall on the Lower Level of the Boylston Street Building
    Boston, MA 02116
  • Contact:
    Boston Public Library
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Back Bay
    Citywide
  • Posted:
2024-04-04T18:00:13 - 2024-04-04T19:30:00

In our society, there is often no space for marginalized people to tell their stories. Reclaiming Folk seeks to make space for musicians of color to tell their stories and tell the stories of our past, so that our future can be a more inclusive place for all. 

We are Reclaiming Folk because history has forgotten that people of color have always been at the root of American folk music. From field calls to blues to gospel, the origin of American folk music is connected to people of color.

This 90 minute program includes a 60 minute performance by three Massachusetts based folk artists of color—Naomi WestwaterPamela Means, and Kim Moberg—singing songs in the round. Each musician will play original songs and one traditional folk song by a musician of color. Following the performance will be a 30 minute talk back—moderated by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola, who will also read a poem—where the musicians will talk about their songs and their experience as folk musicians. There will be time for audience Q&A.

Reclaiming Folk graphic

WBUR and WERS are media partners for the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture's 2024 event season. 

logos for WBUR and WERS

 

April 4, 2024
  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • 700 Boylston Street
    Rabb Lecture Hall on the Lower Level of the Boylston Street Building
    Boston, MA 02116
  • Contact:
    Boston Public Library
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Back Bay
    Citywide
  • Posted:
2024-04-04T18:00:13 - 2024-04-04T19:30:00
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OFFICE OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION VISION EVENT

Our Dorchester Vision Session for the Boston Office of Historic Preservation is scheduled for May 6, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Codman Square Public Library. The meeting will also be held virtually online through Zoom.

RSVP TODAY

 

May 6, 2024
2024-05-06T18:00:26 - 2024-05-06T20:00:00

Established in 2022, our mission at the Office of Historic Preservation is to safeguard Boston's rich cultural heritage while amplifying the voices of underrepresented Bostonians. Housed within the Environment, Energy, and Open Space Cabinet, our department includes the Boston Landmarks Commission, the City Archaeology Program, and the Commemoration Commission.

Over the next several months the Office of Historic Preservation will continue it's outreach efforts to various neighborhood groups. The presentations aim is to advocate for a new framework showcasing how historic preservation can address some of Boston's pressing challenges in environmental sustainability, social equity, and affordable housing.

Review Slide Deck

Notice of accommodationS

English - Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost. fI you need them, please contact us at blc@boston.gov or 617-635-1935, as soon as possible.

Spanish - Espanol - Hay servicios de interpretación, traducción y adaptaciones para discapacidades a su disposición sin costo alguno. Si los necesita, por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros mandando un correo electrónico a (blc@boston.govv), LCA@boston.gov o llamando a (617-635-1935), hasta esta fecha: (Date: 5-1-24).

Haitian Creole -Kreyòl ayisyen: Sèvis entèpretasyon, tradiksyon, ak sèvis akomodasyon pou andikape disponib pou ou gratis. Si w bezwen sèvis sa yo, tanpri kontakte nou nan (blc@boston.gov) LCA@boston.gov oswa (617-635-1935), ant: (Date: 5-1-24)

Traditional Chinese - 繁體中文: 我 們 可 以 為 您 提 供 免 費 的 又 譯,筆譯,和殘疾人士合理照顧服務。 如 有 需 要, 請 在 (Date: 5-1-24 )X X 月 Y Y 日,前 與 我 們 連 絡,發電子郵件至 (bl c@boston.gov) L C A @ b o s t o n . g o v 或 致 電 (6 1 7 - 6 3 5 - 1935)

Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt: Các dịch vụ thông dịch, dịch thuật và hỗ trợ người khuyết tật được cung cấp miễn phí cho bạn. Nếu bạn cần họ, vui lòng liên lạc với chúng tôi theo địa chỉ (blc@boston.gov) LCA@boston.gov hoặc (617-635-1935) trước ngày: (Date: 5-1-24)

Simplified Chinese- 简体中文: 我们可以为您提供免费的又译,笔译,和残疾人士合理照顾服务。如有需要,请在 (5-1- 2 4 )X X 月 Y Y 日 前 与 我 们 联 系 ,发 电 子 邮 件 至 (blc@boston.gov ) LCA@bosto n.gov 或 致 电 (6 1 7 - 6 3 5 - 1 9 3 5 )

Cabo Verdean Creole - kriolu: Nu ta oferese-bu sirvisus di interpretason, traduson y sirvisus di komodason pa gentis ku difisénsia di grasa. Si bu meste kes sirvisu la, kontata-nu pa email (blc@boston.gov) LCA@boston.gov ó pa telefóni, pa númeru (617-635-1935). Na es data: (Date: 5-1-24)

Russian -Русский: Услуги устного и письменного перевода и по приспособлению инвалидов предоставляются бесплатно. Если Вам они нужны, просьба связаться с нами по адресу электронной почты (blc@boston.gov) LCA@boston.gov либо по телефону (617-635-1935) до (Date: 5-1-24)

Portuguese - Português: Disponibilizamos serviços de tradução e interpretação e adaptações especiais para pessoas com deficiências gratuitamente. Para solicitar, envie e-mail para (blc@boston.govv), LCA@boston.gov ou ligue para (617-635-1935) até o dia (Date: 5-1-24)

French - Français: Les services d'interprétation, de traduction et d'adaptation aux personnes handicapées sont à votre disposition gratuitement. Si vous en avez besoin, veuillez nous contacter à (blc@boston.gov), LCA@boston.gov ou au (617-635-1935), d'ici au:(Date: 5-1-24)

Somali - Af Soomaali: Adeegyada tarjumaadda luuqadaha iyo hoyga naafada ayaa diyaar kuu ah adiga oo aan wax kharash ah ka bixin. Haddii aad u baahatid iyaga, fadlan nagala soo xiriir (blc@boston.gov) , LCA@boston.gov ama (617-635-1935) markay taariikhdu tahay: (Date: 5-1-24)

May 6, 2024
2024-05-06T18:00:26 - 2024-05-06T20:00:00
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Office Of Historic Preservation Vision Event

Over the next several months the Office of Historic Preservation will be making outreach efforts to various neighborhood groups.

March 12, 2024
2024-03-12T18:00:00 - 2024-03-12T20:00:00

Established in 2022, our mission at the Office of Historic Preservation is to safeguard Boston's rich cultural heritage while amplifying the voices of underrepresented Bostonians. Housed within the Environment, Energy, and Open Space Cabinet, our department includes the Boston Landmarks Commission, the City Archaeology Program, and the Commemoration Commission.

OHP VISION EVENT

Over the next several months the Office of Historic Preservation will continue it's outreach efforts to various neighborhood groups. The presentations aim is to advocate for a new framework showcasing how historic preservation can address some of Boston's pressing challenges in environmental sustainability, social equity, and affordable housing.

March 12, 2024
2024-03-12T18:00:00 - 2024-03-12T20:00:00
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CitiMic

Join us for this open mic event in celebration of National Poetry Month!

April 5, 2024
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Civic Pavilion
    5 Congress Street
    Boston, MA 02203
  • Contact:
    Arts & Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-04-05T17:30:21 - 2024-04-05T20:00:00

Hosted by Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola, featuring special guest Chen Chen, and in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, CitiMic is an opportunity to spend an evening celebrating poetry written and performed by your friends, family, neighbors, and community members. Join us to share your own poetry or as an audience member, enjoying the talent that Boston's poets have to offer.

Doors and sign-up for the open mic are at 5:30 p.m. Programming begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP for the event

Graphic with text: "CitiMic: Open Mic in Celebration of National Poetry Month - Friday, April 5, 2024 - Doors & Sign-up: 5:30, Open Mic: 6:00. Host: Porsha Olayiwola, Feature: Chen Chen. Civic Pavilion 5 Congress St Boston MA. Register: boston.gov/calendar/citimic"

WBUR and WERS are media partners for the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture's 2024 event season. 

logos for WBUR and WERS

 

April 5, 2024
  • 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Civic Pavilion
    5 Congress Street
    Boston, MA 02203
  • Contact:
    Arts & Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-04-05T17:30:21 - 2024-04-05T20:00:00
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Open Your Heart: Immigrant Stories from Boston and Beyond

Join ZUMIX and Hoopla Productions at the Civic Pavilion on City Hall Plaza for a film screening and musical performance.

March 16, 2024
2024-03-16T16:00:15 - 2024-03-16T17:30:00

In "Open Your Heart: Immigrant Stories from Boston and Beyond," you will trace the journey of ZUMIX youth from interviewing immigrant activists in East Boston to performing their stories at City Hall Plaza. 

Graphic with text "Open Your Heart Immigrant Stories from Boston and Beyond - Film screening & live music. Open Your Heart traces the journey of ZUMIX youth from interviewing immigrant activists in East Boston to performing their stories at City Hall Plaza. Saturday March 16, 2024, 4-5:30pm Boston's Civic Pavilion @ 5 Congress St"

March 16, 2024
2024-03-16T16:00:15 - 2024-03-16T17:30:00
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WVBS Radio Presents: Live and On The Air!

A throwback to 1950's live radio plays with live music and  sound effects, featuring VBS senior center members live on stage!

March 28, 2024
2024-03-28T18:30:24 - 2024-03-28T20:00:00
March 28, 2024
2024-03-28T18:30:24 - 2024-03-28T20:00:00
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WVBS Radio Presents: Live and On The Air!

A throwback to 1950's live radio plays with live music and sound effects, featuring VBS senior center members live on stage!

March 27, 2024
2024-03-27T13:00:24 - 2024-03-27T14:30:00
March 27, 2024
2024-03-27T13:00:24 - 2024-03-27T14:30:00
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KMRU Concert

Non-Event, the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture, and the Goethe-Institut Boston are pleased to present a performance of live electronic music by the Kenyan-born, Berlin-based artist Joseph Kamaru (KMRU) inside Boston’s cavernous City Hall.

March 19, 2024
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts & Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
  • Posted:
2024-03-19T19:30:21 - 2024-03-19T21:00:00

KMRU Flyer

About the artist

KMRU, is Nairobi-born, Berlin-based sound artist Joseph Kamaru. For him, sound is a sensorial medium through which social, material and conceptual interpretations are manifested in his works. KMRU carries with him a repository of listening experiences from Nairobi and beyond expanding his sonic practices, bringing an awareness of surroundings through creative compositions, installations and performances.

He has earned international acclaim from his performances at the Barbican, Berlin Atonal, Présences électronique, and releases on Editions Mego, Subtext, Seil Records. KMRU has carved out a serious and definitive space on the list of essential authors in ambient experimental music – one of the most prolific and innovative artists in his field.

March 19, 2024
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts & Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
  • Posted:
2024-03-19T19:30:21 - 2024-03-19T21:00:00
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