Creative City Projects

Search below for Creative City projects, and learn more about the program.

Cambridge, MA
Invisible: Imprints of Racism

Ramsay Park | July 28, 2016, 7:00PM
Franklin Field Housing Development | July 30, 2016, 7:00PM

Invisible: Imprints from Racism is a mixed genre piece combining modern and hip hop dancers from Boston’s inner city with three of Boston’s emerging...

Boston, MA
Life Lines

Life Lines is a mobile mural project that highlights community leaders and assets in Four Corners/Dorchester. The mural will be used to educate and uplift the public by providing an aesthetically pleasing piece that represents the community in a positive light. Each asset will be represented in...

Boston, MA
the SOUND.

This multidisciplinary project connects the Boston community and explores concepts of success and hope across generations, cultures, and countries. In collaboration with 826 Boston and the city of Boston, Bostonians of various ages and cultural backgrounds will voice-record personal stories of...

Boston, MA
Dancing Elotes

July 6 - November 4, 2016 | East Boston Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30PM (Lewis Mall, behind Maverick T Station)

Dancing Elotes will serve elotes from a traditional bike cart that is used on the streets in Mexico, as a literal and...

Jamaica Plain, MA
Night Songs

Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Center | March 18, 2016, 7:30 PM

The Night Songs concert gives voice to Black poetry through both old and new art songs. A free, family-friendly event, the performance features the works of legendary Black poets...

Quincy, MA
Up Walls: Pop Up Street Art Wall

Pop Up Wall at Mozart Park, Jamaica Plain | June 30, 2016, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Mural Celebration, Northeastern University | September 6, 2016, 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Cambridge, MA
Breath and Balloons

Vimoksha will be working with the youth from Roxbury Tenants of Harvard ("RTH") to create a movement-based performance, using balloons as a way to introduce stillness into the day to day lives of both the audience and the youth themselves. There will be a series of workshops using...

Roxbury, MA
MassQuerade Ball 2017: Convergence

Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury | April 30, 2017 doors open at 6:30 PM

Imagine an art event where instead of looking at objects on walls we looked at each other; where instead of going to see art, we became it; where communities could convene,...

Jamaica Plain, MA
Bodega Signs & Wonders

Egleston Square | December, 2015 - October, 2016

Bodega Signs + Wonders gathers community stories and song lyrics in Spanish and English though bilingual writing workshops, story circles, performances, interviews, and neighborhood dinners in JP/Roxbury...

Arlington, MA
Lemonade Stand

July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

How do you turn lemons into lemonade? Lemonade Stand will use a mobile lemonade kiosk as a vehicle to bring interactive art installations to the public throughout the city of Boston. In these collaborative pop-ups, the...

Roslindale, MA
Teatro en el Parque/Theater in the Park

Mozart Park, Jamaica Plain | July 12 - 26, 2016

Theater in the Park is an evening of free outdoor theater at Mozart Park in the heart of Jamaica Plain. During three weeks in July, Escena Latina Teatro (ELT) will present plays in Spanish and English, with...

Jamaica Plain, MA
Patchtax & the MANNA Singers

Winter Concert: December 9, 2017 | 3:00pm
Spring Gala: May 8, 2018 | 7:00pm

All events held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul | 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

Patchtax and the MANNA Singers are collaborating to create an extraordinarily joyful...

Hyde Park, MA
Teens WRITE (Writing, Reading, and Investigating Theater Everywhere)

Teens WRITE is a three-month program that meets weekly, in which students, ages 13 to 17, will write, revise, cast, direct, and produce original plays culminating in a Ten-Minute Play Festival. Led by Fabiola R. Decius, a local Boston playwright, teens will learn the basic elements of...

Boston and Somerville, MA
Sweat it Out

Sweat it Out offers free Wintertime public access to a beautiful, handmade mobile sauna (courtesy of the DS Institute) which also acts as the site for and prelude to curated community conflict resolution sessions. We bring the rejuvenating health benefits of sauna out of the spas and back to...

Roxbury, MA
Ifé Franklin's Indigo Project

February 2017 | Workshops at Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministries, Roxbury

June 3, 2017 | Adire Fabric Dying Workshop | 1:00-4:00 PM
Putnam Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry | 10 Putnam Street...

Boston, MA
Lakou Ayiti - Premiere

Plaza Theatre - Boston Center for the Arts
March 17-18, 2017

Through workshops, conversations and site-specific activities that comprise a comprehensive community-based process, Jean Appolon will involve Boston-based Haitian immigrants in the creation of ...

Milton, MA
American Dreamers Write: Reclaiming Our Stories

“American Dreamers: Reclaiming Our Stories” is a community writing project centered around sharing stories as a uniquely powerful way to raise our voices, take action, and promote understanding about the experiences of Dreamers, or undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. During...

Somerville, MA
Chroma Line

Franklin Bridge in Allston, 2016 - 17

The Chroma Line project is designed to evoke emotion and to spark conversation. It embraces the community and marries both sides of the Franklin Footbridge gracefully by creating a new urban texture. Inhabitants from the north...

Roxbury, MA
Cultural Plenazo-Bombazo Festival

Mozart Park in Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain | June 30, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM

Bring your tambourine, cowbell, voice, and guiro and “Let’s Plena” with Jorge Arce and the Raiz de Plena band. With members of the Bomba Sankofa Dance Troupe, Roberto and...

Malden, MA
Movements to Move the Marginalized from the Margins

One of the most marginalized population in the world is the DeafBlind. While the American with Disabilities mandates that people with disabilities, including the DeafBlind, are afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, there is still a tremendous gap between the disability...

Dorchester, MA
New Urban Monuments

New Urban Monuments: "Stand Up Inside Yourself" is a collaborative community art project created by city residents and an artist that examines the current monuments in our public spaces, that shape public memory in America, particularly in Boston. The interactive, innovative project...

Somerville, MA
Our Land : Our Community // Nuestro Tierra : Nuestro Communidad // Nossas Terras : Nossa Comunidade

Our Land:Our Community //Nuestro Tierra : Nuestro Communidad // Nossas Terras : Nossa Comunidade celebrates land reclamation and food sovereignty by creating a hand-pushed sculptural vegetable cart which travels to 15 agricultural events within a single mile in Dudley Square. Initially...

Roslindale, MA
City Journalist

Egleston Square

City Journalist works with young artists to use their cellphones to document and share the stories and voices of the culturally diverse community of Egleston Square in Boston. These interviews, with barber shop, restaurant, and convenient...

Boston, MA
InTransit: Voice & Vision

Orange Line, MBTA | August 8 – September 4, 2016

In Transit: Voices & Vision presents art prints in the theme of journey inside MBTA Orange Line trains, a space normally reserved for commercial advertising. Lisa Link, in collaboration with...

The Way We Live Now (2018)

The Way We Live Now (2018) is a multimedia, performance-based collaborative project centered on the Susan Sontag short story “The Way We Live Now” (1987). This project updates the story, originally set during the AIDS epidemic, to reflect our current opioid epidemic and uses this updated script...

Jamaica Plain, MA
Beat Bus 2.0

August 5, 2017 | 2 - 4pm
Debut at Hammer East | 114 Orleans Street, East Boston 

A mobile vessel, Beat Bus 2.0 brings community building and performance art to public spaces through electronic drumming. Encouraging participants to experiment with beats,...

Roxbury, MA
Running in Stillness

Running in Stillness is a movement suite based on the impact of incarceration on women in our community. This new work delves into the human condition of being imprisoned, and how this affects people imprisoned, their families, and all of us in the community. Through a close...

Belmont, MA
DEVRAN: Music of Islam, Turkey & Renaissance Europe

November 9, 2017 | 7:30 pm | Performance at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory
30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115

November 12, 2017 | 2:00 pm Performance at First Church of Roxbury
10 Putnam St. Roxbury, MA 02119


Jamaica Plain, MA
The Table/La Mesa: The Welcome Project

June 15, 2017 | Performance | 6:00 PM
Dudley Café | 15 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119

June 19, 2017 | Performance | 6:00 PM
The Strand Theater | 543 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02125

June 24, 2017 | Performance | 11:...

Boston and Chelsea, MA
Humanity not Statistics: Leadership Through Theatre

June 10, 2017 | Gala and Performance | 7:00-10:00 PM
Putnam Chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry | 10 Putnam Street Roxbury, MA 02119

In this project, Molly Gilbert and Zahra A. Belyea will facilitate a series of workshops with young women...

Boston, MA
Community in Action: A Mural for the Vietnamese Community in Fields Corner

September 2017 | Mural Installation at Orchardfield Street and Dorchester Avenue (on wall of the Phở Hòa Restaurant)

Artist Ngoc-Tran Vu is lifting up the narrative of the Vietnamese American diaspora experience through a collaborative...

Dorchester, MA

February – May 2017 | Workshops at Urbano Project and various locations across Boston

May 24, 2017 | Opening Reception | 6:00-8:00 PM
Urbano Project | 29 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

June 17, 2017 | ...

Boston, MA
El Gato con Botas

Hibernian Hall | June 16-19, 2016
Villa Victoria | June 24-25, 2016

Presented by OperaHub, El Gato con Botas is a touring all-ages Spanish opera. The production is conceived by music director Lina Marcela Gonzalez and stage director Roxanna Myhrum as a...

Jamaica Plain, MA
The Pineapple Diaries / Season Two

Filming in Jamaica Plain, May 2016
Season 2 Premieres August 2016

The Pineapple Diaries is a comedic web series, written and directed by Paloma Valenzuela. The show centers around the lives of three best friends: Maite, Feliz, and Catalina and their electric...

Boston, MA
No Others Here

No Others Here engages 10 members of the IBA/Villa VIctoria community in interviewing/experiential processes that result in crafted dance, word and image -in an effort to illuminate nuances of "otherness" and inside/outside status, within multiple layers of circles of community. Peter...

Jamaica Plain, MA
Latin Quarter Mosaic Project

April- July 2017 | Mosaic Workshops, Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain
September 2017 | Installation and unveiling at Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza, Jamaica Plain

The Latin Quarter Mosaic Project is a unique community-driven mosaic art...

Cambridge, MA
Everyman Revisited - Social Issues in Today's World

Lena Park Community Development Corporation, Dorchester, MA | June 22, 2016, 7:30 PM

Based on success of this method with previous projects, TC2 will engage teens on EVERYMAN issues, allowing them to have a voice and explore their relationship to these issues,...

Watertown, MA

Location TBA | Spring 2017

The intersection of sculpture, sound composition, and dance. This project combines sculpture and sound through the creation and fabrication of a life-sized set of building bricks. Each brick is assigned a sound and fitted with an...

Jamaica Plain, MA
Tortilla Social

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:00pm | Final Exhibition at Urbano Project

Tortilla Social is a participatory project that will transform public spaces through the use of printmaking as a tool for self-expression, advocacy, and art education, and food as a...

Jamaica Plain, MA
Code Listen 3.0

Code Listen 3.0 will use music to foster a citywide conversation on violence, racism, and police practices by creating three public music-memorial-dialogue events in three Boston neighborhoods during Homicide Survivor Awareness Month (Nov 20- Dec 20 2018). The events will include an original...

Boston, MA
Stitched Into Memory

290 Congress Street, Atlantic Wharf, Fort Point | March 3 – June 15, 2017

Stitched into Memory celebrates and commemorates the historic and contemporary African Diaspora communities of Boston (Afro American, Afro Caribbean and Afro Latino) through an...

Milton, MA
The Makanda Project free community concerts

Bromley-Heath Amphitheater, Columbus Ave and Heath Street, Jamaica Plain | June 11, 2016, 12:00-6:00 PM
South Street Housing Development, Jamaica Plain | August 6, 2016, 1:00-5:00 PM

Building upon a series of free public performances, the Makanda...

Roxbury, MA
Mother & Father Wit: Life Lessons

May 11 - 6:00 PM | Kroc Community Center, Dorchester
May 17 - 6:30 PM | Old South Meeting House, Boston

A West African proverb says, “When an elder dies, a library burns down.” Our elders are our library of traditional knowledge, practical common...

Cambridge, MA
Home Town: Re-presenting Boston's Chinatown as Place of People - Then and Now

Various locations in Chinatown | August – September, 2016

Home Town: Re-presenting Boston’s Chinatown as Place of People - Now and Then draws attention to the powerful threats of developments and gentrification displacing the Chinatown...

Somerville, MA

July-August 2017 | Outdoor pop-up performances around Boston

ANIKAYA Dance Theater will be working with students at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to develop a new movement-based performance work, Listen, to be performed in public...

Cambridge, MA
Acentos espesos/Thick Accents

Acentos espesos/Thick Accents is a literary project about the ordeals/negotiations/affectionate relationships of native Spanish speakers having to relate personally and professionally in English while living in the US. Through interviews with some members of the Jamaica Plain's wide...