Friday, May 29, 2015

The Biggest Most Exciting Outdoor Art Event Boston Has Ever Seen

“This summer, in coordination with the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, FLUX. Boston, the National Park Service, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Greenovate Boston, and the Boston Art Commission, the Isles Arts Initiative (IAI) will transform the Boston Harbor Islands into a canvas primed for artistic activation and social engagement. Taking shape across two islands and featuring an accompanying gallery exhibition in downtown Boston, IAI encourages visitors to reconnect with Boston Harbor, creating intimate connections to the water while also raising awareness of climate change through excellent artistic installations.”

For more information, visit: http://flux-boston.com/iai2015/

“BOSTON CREATES” TO HOLD TOWN HALL ON JUNE 2

“BOSTON CREATES” TO HOLD TOWN HALL
ON JUNE 2

Community Invited to Attend and Share Opinions and Ideas About Cultural Priorities
BOSTON – May 7, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will hold the Boston Creates Town Hall on June 2, 2015 at English High School in Jamaica Plain. The Boston Creates Town Hall is the first large public event in Boston’s cultural planning process, designed to create a blueprint for arts and culture in the City of Boston. Community members are invited to attend and share their opinions and ideas about the City’s cultural priorities.  Attendees are encouraged to register for the event in advance at http://bostoncreatestownhall.eventbrite.com.

Boston Creates will engage residents, visitors, and stakeholders to identify Boston’s cultural needs, opportunities, and resources and to think strategically about how these resources the arts can help the community achieve its civic goals. The process will create a ten-year plan to prioritize, coordinate, and align public and private resources to strengthen cultural vitality over the long term.

“Boston Creates is an opportunity for everyone in the city to share their vision of how arts and culture fit into our future,” said Mayor Walsh. “We encourage everyone to come to the Town Hall to help us build upon the cultural assets of our City, and be a part of the plan that will position Boston as a municipal arts leader.”

The Boston Creates Town Hall will kick off a series of community conversations set to take place across the city.  It will be followed by interviews with individuals and stakeholders, including artists, volunteer cultural groups, neighborhood centers, large and small arts organizations, residents and others to lay out a comprehensive map of Boston’s cultural assets. Community Engagement Team Members are still needed for this process, and individuals interested in volunteering can apply at www.bostoncreates.org.

“Boston Creates depends upon community participation for its success,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “We need to hear from as many voices as possible so we can create a plan that represents the unique identity of the city.  Over the next year, we will be reaching out to creatives and other audiences across Boston, and the Town Hall is the first step.”

The Cultural Plan is expected to be complete in June 2016. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.bostoncreates.org. Social media users can engage with the process on Twitter using #BostonCreates or by following on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArtsinBoston

Monday, May 18, 2015

AniMAtic Boston - Running A Studio With CloudKid's Dave Schlafman

Do you ever dream of starting your own studio? Join CloudKid’s Dave Schlafman as he talks about all the highs, lows, rewards and challenges of starting and running an animation and interactive studio. Dave, whose Brighton studio has been creating amazing animation and interactive content for years, will candidly discuss the many realities involved in following the studio dream, like finding clients, hiring staff, producing projects and more. Dave is passionate about the animation business and you won’t want to miss what he has to say!

AniMAtic Boston also provides a great chance to meet other talented members of the Boston animation community, chat about what’s going on in the industry, what you're inspired by, and anything else under the sun. 



May 19, 2015
Doors open at 7pm


Talk starts at 7:30pm
191 Highland Ave
Suite 1-C
Somerville, MA
(Free parking lot located behind The Armory)

Event is free! Raffle is $1. Beer, wine and food available from the cafe.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Boston Creates Town Hall

On Tuesday, June 2nd,  the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture will host the "Boston Creates Town Hall" at English High School in Jamaica Plain.  This is the first large public event in the process and all community members are invited to attend and share their opinions and ideas about the City’s cultural priorities.  Attendees are encouraged to register for the event in advance at http://bostoncreatestownhall.eventbrite.com.  This event will kick off a series of community conversations set to take place across the city.  It will be followed by interviews with individuals and stakeholders, including artists, volunteer cultural groups, neighborhood centers, large and small arts organizations, residents and others to lay out a comprehensive map of Boston’s cultural assets. Community Engagement Team Members are still needed for this process, and individuals interested in volunteering can apply at www.bostoncreates.org.

Also, on May 22nd, Julie Burros, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston will participate in the City’s Chief Chat Series, aboard the City Hall To Go Truck, a mobile office which offers many city services to Boston residents in their local neighborhoods, including resident parking permits, voter registrations, and dog licenses, among others.  The event will take place at 1174 River Street, Hyde Park, from 4pm-7pm and Julie will be available to answer questions about the cultural planning process.

Friday, May 8, 2015

SMFA Medal Award Honoring John Baldessari

For over five decades, John Baldessari has influenced generations of artists as both an educator and creator and continues to transform his practice today. On May 18th, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is proud to celebrate the iconic artist and long-time educator at the 2015 Medal Award Gala in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. First presented in 1996, SMFA’s Medal Award, annually recognizes notable artists and influential art patrons for their commitment to make an impact on the art world. Past recipients include Glenn Ligon, Alex Katz, Kiki Smith, and Mike and Doug Starn. The 2015 gala—which will include dinner, award presentation, and silent auction of student art work—directly supports educational resources and opportunities for SMFA’s students.

BOSTON POPS #Happy20thKeith CONTEST

BOSTON POPS #Happy20thKeith CONTEST
The Boston Pops will run a hashtag contest inviting the Pops community to use #Happy20thKeith to help us celebrate Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary season. Throughout the spring season, May 6- June 13, fans will be asked to share their Boston Pops memories and photos from the last 20 years by using #Happy20thKeith on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; participants in the contest will automatically be entered to win one of three chances to attend a Pops performance.  Prizes include 20 tickets to attend the June 13th Cirque de la Symphonie concert, complete with complimentary food and beverages (winner selected Friday, May 29, 2015); two VIP tickets to the July 4 Boston Pops Concert on the Charles River Esplanade (winner selected June 13, 2015); and a weekend getaway for two to Tanglewood to attend the Cirque de la Symphonie Pops concert on August 21, with transportation and hotel provided (winner selected June 13, 2015).  Contest participants must be 18 or older.  The Boston Pops is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebostonpops and can be found on Twitter and Instagram @thebostonpops. 


BOSTON POPS 2015 SPRING SEASON OVERVIEW              
Celebrating Keith Lockhart’s 20th anniversary as Boston Pops Conductor, the Boston Pops 2015 season, May 6-June 13 at Symphony Hall, will showcase a remarkable range of music genres, while introducing new artists, world premieres, and innovative programming, and bringing the best of the Boston Pops library to the orchestra’s loyal audiences in greater Boston, the New England region, and beyond.


Featuring Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters, the Boston Pops Opening Night concert on May 6 will sets the stage for a season featuring some of the biggest names on Broadway. Audra McDonald, another leading lady in the arenas of Broadway, television, film, and the concert stage, will bring her much-loved stage presence to Symphony Hall on June 2 and again for the 34th annual “Presidents at Pops” on June 3. Also sure to be a highlight of the Boston Pops 2015 season are performances of Simply Sondheim—a night devoted to the legendary musical theater genius Stephen Sondheim highlighted by orchestra arrangements of his music featuring the return to the Pops stage of Broadway stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. This performance will also feature talented Vocal Fellows from the Tanglewood Music Center, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary in the summer of 2015 (6/10 & 6/11).

Five “By Popular Demand,” concerts (5/7, 16, 26, 29, & 6/5) will offer concertgoers a chance to vote, live during the concert, for their favorite piece of music through their web-enabled devices, giving Pops audiences an opportunity to help program the entire second half of the concert they are attending. The 2015 Boston Pops season will bring the debuts of The Midtown Men—four stars from the original cast of the Broadway hit Jersey Boys—for music of the 1960s (5/19, 20, & 21) and living legends of gospel, The Blind Boys of Alabama, on Gospel Night (6/6).  Two additional debut performances will feature Irish singer Karan Casey and Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez in A Celtic Sojourn at Pops hosted and curated by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan and planned for broadcast on his immensely popular radio program “A Celtic Sojourn,” which airs locally on Saturdays from 3pm-6pm.

The season will also shine a special spotlight on some of the most popular concert themes of recent years, including a great Pops tradition—the annual Film Night series led by Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams (5/22 & 23).  Returning to the Symphony Hall stage after an acclaimed debut last season, Cirque de la Symphonie will no doubt once again entertain crowds with their daring aerial flyers, acrobats, dancers, and jugglers (6/12 & 13). Building on the success of the recent Wizard of Oz and West Side Story film score screenings/performances at Symphony Hall, classic movie fans will be treated to a screening of the complete 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain—number 1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the Greatest Movie Musicals of all time—with live orchestra accompaniment (5/8 & 5/9).            

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th Be With You

WunderHaus: 2015 BFA Illustration Exhibition

WunderHaus: 2015 BFA Illustration Exhibition
May 6 - 16, 2015
Reception: May 7, 2015 | 6:00PM
VanDernoot Gallery
University Hall, 1st Floor 
College of Art and Design
Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Avenue
Porter Square 
Cambridge, MA

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