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Program Director, Public Art

It's August! Here's what Creative City artists are up to this month: 

Breath and Balloons, photo by Bill Pardon


Chavi Bansal and a team of youth from Roxbury Tenants of Harvard ("RTH") are bringing a movement-based performance to the streets of downtown Boston this weekend. Using balloons as a way to introduce stillness and inspire movement, Chavi aims to introduce a moment of wonder and connection with the public.

For more information visit: www.creativeground.org/profile/chavi-bansal-dance

Aug 5 | Performance begins at 11 AM at Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Dancers will move through various locations in downtown Boston, ending on the Boston Commons


Beau Kenyon’s the SOUND gathers voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy [BINcA] and connects them throughout the city of Boston in a series of live performances and sound installations.

Calling upon the tree as a metaphor for family and heritage and water as a symbol for migration and connection, the SOUND is encompassed by three movements: if trees were water, from roots grew branches, and of hope extending. All work together to convey a single story of hope, family, and success (past and present) from the perspective of newly immigrated young adult Bostonians. Starting in August, Beau is presenting:

Movement I: if trees were water
Concept. Music. + Sound Art. Beau Kenyon | Choreography. Peter DiMuro | Costume. aricoco

For more information and to preview a short trailer for the project, visit: www.beaukenyon.com/aboutthesound/
AThe Emerald Necklace at the Fens | 170 Park Drive near Clemente Field

  • Aug 9 | 5:30 -6:30 PM (Preview)
  • Aug 11 | 9:00-10:00 AM and 4:00- 5:00 PM
  • Sep 14 | 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Sep 15 | 6:00-7:00 PM

This piece is presented with the exhibition Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace.

Yara Liceaga-Rojas, by Leonardo March


Yara Liceaga-Rojas’ Acentos espesos/Thick Accents is a literary project about native Spanish speakers having to relate personally and professionally in English while living in the U.S. Through interviews with Jamaica Plain’s Hispanic community, Yara chronicles their ordeals, negotiations, and affectionate relationships in El Mundo Boston newspaper. These interviews are the basis for an on-going book of poetry and prose that will premiere at the Egleston Square Peace Garden on August 18 and will be distributed at venues across the city.

Sep 22 | Multidisciplinary reading | 2 PM *postponed due to weather
Egleston Square Peace Garden, at the corner of Washington Street and School Street

A special request from our Sweat It Out team:

The Sweat it Out team is seeking input!

Sweat it Out is all about finding solutions to problems by thinking together while sweating, and August is typically Boston's sweatiest month, so you're invited to help shape this project by sharing:

  • What do you think are the three most critical areas of conflict in Boston?
  • What wisdom do you have about getting help resolving conflicts with others?
  • Do you know of coaches, counselors, shamans or negotiators that helped you find middle ground, new understanding, or other kinds of possibility when an agreement seemed impossible?

To share your thoughts with the team, complete this short survey:


No guarantees that it will cool you down, but it might distract you from the heat for a little while, and it will definitely help make Sweat it Out's steamy Winter events more productive!

Sweat it Out is scheduled to launch a handmade, free-to-the-public mobile sauna in Fort Point in November 2018, that will host discussions about major areas of tension in the Boston area and (simultaneously) keeping the steam going. Stay tuned for more about Sweat it Out!