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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
Posted:
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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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Dream Chasers: One Mic, Many Voices

Black excellence: More than a month.

The City of Boston's Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, in partnership with Black Employee Network Millennials, My Brother's Keeper Boston, Teen Empowerment, and the Mattapan Teen Center, invite you to join us as we bring together youth performers from Boston neighborhoods alongside a panel of community leaders in celebration of Black History MonthThis event will be hosted virtually on February 18 from 4 - 6 p.m.

Since 2018, we have hosted Dream Chasers to celebrate the powerful voices and aspirations of our youth, and the impact that community members of color have on the vibrance and the success of our City. Join us virtually this year to experience:

  • a panel of Boston’s leaders detailing their steps to success,
  • youth artists performing pieces on social justice, race, and cultural diversity,
  • a community of inspiring individuals chasing their dreams, and
  • giveaways during the event.

Register for the event

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Zoom
Link,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Camille Rivero
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:
Event Registration
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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
Posted:
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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
Posted:
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

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

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has published more than 20 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.

The theme for April is "My Last Name". This is a generative workshop. Through the example of a great Afro-Cuban poet and the voices of the poets in workshop, we will explore ancestors, family, culture, history, memory, the known and unknown, the spoken and unspoken, elements that make up what we call “identity.” Poets will write on the spot, wherever they may be, then read their poems aloud — not for critical feedback, but for thunderous applause.

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, and 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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