Boston Creates is a City of Boston city-wide initiative to build a plan that will guide development of the arts and culture in the city for the next 10 years. It was kicked off on April 9th with a press conference by Mayor Walsh and Julie Barros, Chief of Arts + Culture. You can read more about the launch here: Julie Burros, Mayor Walsh Announce Cultural Roadmap For Boston
Over the next year, Boston Creates will provide an opportunity for Boston’s many communities and neighborhoods to come together to create a cultural blueprint highlighting Boston’s strengths and setting innovative goals for the future. We’ll look at our creative cultural industries and occupations, community cultural organizations and individual artists, cultural spaces and facilities, cultural heritage, festivals and events, community stories, history and traditions.
Currently we’re looking for people to get involved as Community Team Members. A volunteer community team member can be an artist, musician, student, community leader, business leader, young or senior citizen (or in between), and anyone else who wants to get involved with the cultural planning process. The members will then hold community conversations, meetings, and discussion groups to generate ideas from their community. Members help to organize and run conversations necessary for success at a local level and act as ambassadors for the initiative. There are 16 Community Teams throughout the City of Boston and people are welcome to apply for any team they feel connected to. In the district, there is an Allston/Brighton team, a Back Bay/Beacon Hill team and Fenway/Mission Hill/LMA team. If you are interested in being a team member, you can apply by visiting BostonCreates.org and filling out the very short application.
Lastly, we’ll be holding the first city-wide Boston Creates Town Hall on June 2nd at 6pm at English High School in Jamaica Plain. You can RSVP to the event here: Boston Creates Town Hall
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Athena Laines at Bostoncreates@gmail.com