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Upcoming public activations, events part of U.S. Conference of Mayors

June 4, 2018

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

The 86th Annual Meeting is being hosted in Boston this year. All public events and activations are free and open to all.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a series of public activations and celebratory events being offered as part of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Annual Meeting being hosted in Boston this week. All public events and activations are free and open to all.

"We are excited to be able to showcase the best of Boston as part of the United States Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting, and look forward to sharing the excitement through these free activations and events," said Mayor Walsh. "I encourage residents and guests to take advantage of these opportunities, and thank our partners for making these events possible for all to enjoy."

Events and activations include:
  • Boston Bookstore Pop-up in Copley Place: will feature the work of Boston-based authors who focus on the work of cities, policy and politics across a range of issues and themes. The bookstore, being hosted in partnership with Trident Booksellers & Cafe, will be open through the duration of the conference (June 8-11), and can be found past the interior walking bridge from the Marriott in to Copley Place (Level One). In addition, the bookstore will host cultural activations and author talks, including:

    • Sunday 6/10: Karilyn Crockett, author of "People Before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making."

    • Sunday 6/10 - 4:30pm: Mark Pasnik, author of "Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston"

  • Boston Harbor Fireworks Display: will be hosted on Friday, June 8, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from Columbia Point, displayed over Dorchester Bay and viewable from beaches along Dorchester and South Boston.

  • Free Concert by The Grammy Award Winner Pointer Sisters: will perform on Sunday, June 10 at 8:15 p.m. in Copley Square. The free concert by Grammy Award winning group will feature a mix of their hit songs, including "I'm So Excited."

  • Spotify/Sonos Welcome to Boston Playlist: in an effort to showcase a sampling of Boston's most renowned music, the City of Boston co-curated with Sonos a playlist available to all:

Starting on June 8, more than 250 of the nation's mayors will meet in Boston for USCM's 86th Annual Meeting. Under the leadership of USCM President Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and host Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, mayors will discuss a wide variety of priorities that contribute to the overall health of America's cities, as well as consider and adopt the policy resolutions that guide the advocacy agenda of the organization.

About USCM

The Conference holds its Winter Meeting each January in Washington, D.C. and an Annual Meeting each June in a different U.S. city. Additional meetings and events are held as directed by the Conference leadership. Conference members speak with a united voice on organizational policies and goals. Mayors contribute to the development of national urban policy by serving on one or more of the conference's standing committees. Conference policies and programs are developed and guided by an Executive Committee and Advisory Board, as well as the standing committees and task forces which are formed to meet changing needs.

During the Conference's Annual Meeting in June, standing committees recommend policy positions they believe should be adopted by the organization. The policy positions adopted at the annual meeting collectively represent the views of the nation's mayors and are distributed to the President of the United States and Congress. In addition to the ongoing work of the Conference's standing committees, mayors are organized into task forces to examine and act on issues that demand special attention such as civic innovation, economic mobility, hunger and homelessness, and infrastructure. Learn more about the conference.