Outside the Box and out in your neighborhood

This summer, you have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of arts and culture in Boston.

Boston Creates, the Cultural Planning team led by the City Department of Arts and Culture, is the most recent example of Mayor Marty Walsh following through on his bold commitments that he made during the 2013 election. Through the public education efforts of the MASSCreative-led Create the Vote campaign, creating a long range plan to guide the growth of the arts and cultural community became a priority in the mayoral debates.

‘Boston Creates’, the Cultural Planning team led by the City Department of Arts and Culture, kicked off the cultural planning process in June and is now holding community meetings to hear from Boston residents. By participating in these discussions, residents can help identify the cultural gems in the neighborhoods and discuss opportunities for improvement. Make sure your ideas are part of the conversation – Sign up now.

Public involvement isn’t limited to these community meetings – the Boston Creates team welcomes resident input 24/7. You can help by taking the survey, sharing an idea, or adding to the map of arts and cultural experiences in Boston.

  See us in your neighborhood 


From Wednesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 19, you can catch MASSCreative at the Outside the Box Festival, a 6-day free festival featuring arts & culture of all disciplines, both local and world-renowned. Swing by to see MASSCreative on the Common, where we’ll be asking event-goers to share their vision for arts and culture in Boston. Make your voice heard by either taking a picture with us for social media or by creating some of your own art on the back of a postcard that we’ll send to legislators. Follow MASSCreative on Twitter & Facebook to see what Boston residents have to say, and join in on the conversation yourself.  

MASSCreative staff and interns looking forward to seeing YOU at events all over Boston this summer. Just recently, MASSCreative interns Lindsey O'Connell and Allana Matthews set out to the Dewey Square Farmer's Market to talk to the crowd about the Boston Creates cultural planning process. An impressive number of folks were interested in more public art projects – like Janet Echelman’s nearby sculpture on the Greenway – while others wanted to see more activities for some of the city’s underserved populations, covering racial, geographic, and age demographics.

Want to see us out in your neighborhood at arts & cultural events this summer? We want to be there. Shoot an email to Lindsey ([email protected]) and we’ll see you out there.


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