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2022 Celebration of the Lives and Legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King

This virtual event will be live streamed on boston.govbu.edu, and the City of Boston’s cable network.

In partnership with Boston University and the New England Conservatory, the City of Boston will present "A Celebration of the Lives and Legacies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King" on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.  The event will be live streamed on both boston.gov and Boston University website, as well as on the City of Boston’s cable network (Xfinity: channel 24, RCN: channel 13, and Fios: channel 962.) 

This year’s program features:       

  • Robert A. Brown, President Boston University
  • Brianna Bourne, Boston University Arts & Sciences ’22, Boston Latin Academy ‘20
  • Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology, African American Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies at Boston University
  • Andrea Kalyn, President, New England Conservatory
  • Katherine Kennedy, Director, Boston University Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
  • Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Boston University
  • Jean-Luc Pierite, Tuncia-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana,
    President of the Board of The North American Indian Center of Boston
  • Kelsey Russell, Boston University Arts & Sciences ‘22
  • Tanisha Sullivan, President of the NAACP Boston Branch
  • Andrea Taylor, Senior Diversity Officer, Boston University
  • Michelle Wu, Mayor, City of Boston

The program also features musical selections performed by student ensembles and choirs from the New England Conservatory and the Boston University the Inner Strength Gospel Choir.

In previous years, leaders such as U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley, Beverly Morgan-Welch, Sonia Sanchez, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, Judy Richardson of Eyes on the Prize, and civil rights activist and filmmaker Topper Carew served as keynote speakers. Governor Deval Patrick, Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, Boston Poet Laureates Sam Cornish and Danielle Legros Georges, former Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Beth Israel Hospital Dr. Augustus White, and WGBH Radio host Eric Jackson are among those who have served as readers in previous years.

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Boston Youth Poet Laureate Showcase

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to February 12, 2022, from 2 - 5 p.m.

Join us on February 12 for the Youth Poet Laureate Showcase, where we will be naming Boston's next Youth Poet Laureate! Several Boston Youth Poet Laureate finalists will be invited to participate in a public reading at the Boston Public Library's Rabb Hall from 2 - 5 p.m. At the end of the reading, we'll be announcing Boston's next Youth Poet Laureate. 

The Boston Youth Poet Laureate program (BYPL) was created in cooperation with the national youth literary organization, Urban Word, local youth literary leaders, the Boston Public Library, MassLEAP, and 826 Boston to promote appreciation for poetry. Similar to the Poet Laureate's civic challenge, the Youth Poet Laureate is tasked with inspiring deeper engagement in the written and spoken word.   

  • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall
    700 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02116
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
  • Neighborhood:
    Back Bay
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New Dorchester community center public meeting

Want to see a new community center in Dorchester?

Join us! This is a public meeting to hear programming and location ideas from the Dorchester community. This is the second of several community meetings to establish the types of uses and activities the community would like to see in a new center. The study is also exploring location options to build any potential centers on. The presentation from the first meeting is available online.

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2021 Enchanted Trolley Tour: Day 3

Boston continues the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees in Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, the North End, and South Boston.

For the 25th year, the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, and includes visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.

On the third day of the 2021 Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour, the trolley will be stopping at the following locations:

  • 1 p.m. - M Street Park, South Boston
  • 2 p.m. - Beach Street and Harrison Avenue, Chinatown
  • 3 p.m. - Paul Revere Mall, North End
  • 4 p.m. - Thompson Square, Charlestown
  • 5 p.m. - Maverick Square, East Boston
  • 7 p.m. - Adams Corner, Dorchester

To learn more about the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings, and view the full, three-day schedule, visit the 2021 Enchanted Trolley Tour page.

  • 1:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, the North End, and South Boston
    Boston, MA
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    TOURISM, SPORTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT
  • Neighborhood:
    Charlestown
    Chinatown/Leather District
    Dorchester
    East Boston
    North End
    South Boston
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2021 Enchanted Trolley Tour: Day 2

Boston continues the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury, the South End, and Brighton.

For the 25th year, the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, and includes visits with Santa, tree lightings and more.

On the first day of the 2021 Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour, the trolley will be stopping at the following locations:

  • 1 p.m. - Codman Square, Dorchester
  • 1:45 p.m. - Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain
  • 2:30 p.m. - J.P. Monument, Jamaica Plain
  • 3:30 p.m. - Brigham Circle, Mission Hill
  • 4:15 p.m. - Bolling Building, Roxbury
  • 5:30 p.m. - Blackstone Square, South End
  • 6:45 p.m. - Oak Square, Brighton

To learn more about the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings, and view the full, three-day schedule, visit the 2021 Enchanted Trolley Tour page.

  • 1:00pm - 7:45pm
  • Dorchester, Jamaica Plan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, South End, and Brighton
    Boston, MA
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    TOURISM, SPORTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT
  • Neighborhood:
    Brighton
    Dorchester
    Jamaica Plain
    Mission Hill
    Roxbury
    South End
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2021 Enchanted Trolley Tour: Day 1

On the first day of the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour, Boston continues the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees in Mattapan, Readville, and West Roxbury.

For the 25th year, the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, and includes visits with Santa, tree lightings, and more.

On the first day of the 2021 Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour, the trolley will be stopping at the following locations:

  • 5:30 p.m. - Mattapan Square, Mattapan
  • 6:15 p.m. - Wolcott Square, Readville
  • 7 p.m. - Hastings Street Lot, Centre Street, West Roxbury

To learn more about the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour and Tree Lightings, and view the full, three-day schedule, visit the 2021 Enchanted Trolley Tour page.

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Goody Bag Grab and Go at BCYF Pino

Dress up and swing by!

Come check out our spooky decor and grab a goody bag.

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Haunted Halloween at BCYF Ohrenberger

Walk through our spooky center if you dare!!

Join us for a scary good time! Costumes encouraged! For children 7 -18. Children under 12, must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must wear a mask while inside the center.

Please RSVP by calling 617-635-5183.

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Haunted Yard at BCYF Tobin

Celebrate Halloween with a visit to BCYF Tobin Community Center's "Haunted" Yard!

This outdoor event will adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines. The event will be in the Ida B. Graves Yard behind the BCYF Tobin.

  • 4:35pm - 7:00pm
  • BCYF Tobin Community Center
    1481 Tremont Street
    Boston, 02120
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    BCYF Tobin
  • Neighborhood:
    Mission Hill
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Jamaica Plain public art celebration

Join us on November 4 to celebrate the installation of Boston's newest piece of public art.

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with the Boston Art Commission, the Boston Public Library, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF), will celebrate the new long-term public art project in Jamaica Plain on November 4 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

The City of Boston commissioned Matthew Hinçman to create the artwork "Wythe & Web" as part of the City's Percent for Art Program. It was installed on the front lawn of the Jamaica Plain Branch and BCYF Curtis Hall.

Come meet the artist and enjoy Boston's newest piece of public art!

Learn more about the artwork

Jamaica Plain public art celebration graphic

NOTICE OF ACCOMMODATIONS

English: Interpretation and translation services are available to you at no cost. If you need them, please contact us at arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, or 617-635-0081, by October 28.

Spanish - Español: Hay servicios de interpretación y traducción a su disposición sin costo alguno. Si los necesita, póngase en contacto con nosotros mandando un correo electrónico arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, o llamando a 617-635-0081, hasta esta fecha: 28/10

Haitian Creole -Kreyòl ayisyen Sèvis entèpretation ak tradiksyon disponib pou ou san sa pa koute w anyen. Si w bezwen yo, tanpri kontakte nou nan arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, oswa 617-635-0081, ant: 28/10

Traditional Chinese - 繁體中文: 我們可以向您提供口頭翻譯和書面翻譯服務,並不向您收取費用。如您需要,請在 10 月 28 日 前與我們連絡,發電子郵件至  arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, 或致電 617-635-0081

Vietnamese - Tiếng Việt: Các dịch vụ thông dịch và biên dịch được cung cấp cho quý vị hoàn toàn miễn phí. Nếu quý vị cần những dịch vụ này, vui lòng liên lạc với chúng tôi theo địa chỉ arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, hoặc số điện thoại 617-635-0081. ngày cuối: 28/10

Simplified Chinese - 简体中文:  我们可以向您提供口头翻译和书面翻译服务,并不向您收取费用。如您需要,请在10 月 28 日 前与我们联系, 发电子邮件至 arts@boston.gov,  LCA@boston.gov,  或致电 617-635-0081

Cabo Verdean Creole - kriolu:  Nu ta oferese-bu sirvisus di interpretason y traduson di grasa. Si bu meste kes sirvisu la, kontata-nu pa email arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, ó pa telefóni, pa númeru 617-635-0081. Na es data:  28/10

 Arabic - العربية

خدمات الترجمة الشفوية والترجمة التحريرية متوفرة لك دون تحملك أي تكلفة. إذا احتجت لهذه الخدمات، يرجى التواصل معنا على العنوانarts@boston.gov, أو LCA@boston.gov، أو رقم الهاتف 617-635-4445، بحلول يوم 28/10. 

Russian -Русский: Услуги устного и письменного перевода предоставляются бесплатно. Если Вам они нужны, просьба связаться с нами по адресу электронной почты arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, либо по телефону 617-635-0081. до  28/10

Portuguese - Português: Você tem à disposição serviços gratuitos de interpretação e tradução. Se precisar deles, fale conosco: arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, ou617-635-0081. Até esta data  28/10

French - Français: Les services d’interprétation et de traduction sont à votre disposition gratuitement. Si vous en avez besoin, veuillez nous contacter à arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, ou au 617-635-0081, d'ici au: 28/10

Somali - Af Soomaali: Adeegyada tarjumaadda iyo fasiraada luuqadaha ayaa diyaar kuu ah adiga oo aan wax kharash ah ka bixin. Haddii aad u baahatid iyaga, fadlan nagala soo xiriir arts@boston.govLCA@boston.gov, ama 617-635-0081, markay taariikhdu tahay:  28/10

  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library
    30 South Street
    Boston, MA 02130
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
  • Neighborhood:
    Jamaica Plain
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