Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
Dorchester transit history
The Boston Street Railway Association will present “The History of Transit in Dorchester” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.
Stuart Spina will trace the history of transportation in Dorchester from the Dunmore Brothers and their stagecoach to Boston in the 1830s, to the contentious horsecar rivalries of the 1860s, to the arrival of rapid transit in the late 1920s and more; from its days as an idyllic country town to streetcar suburb and up to the modern era, including a whirlwind tour of current operations.
The program is free and open to the public.
Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.
Craft talk and workshop
The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., will welcome guest curator Mary Barringer in a talk and workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The snow date is Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Barringer will host a roundtable discussion and hands-on workshop that explores how we choose cups, how they can enhance our lives and what makes a cup, a cup. Through vignettes and curatorial storytelling, viewers will examine how we define a cup and evaluate its quotidian role
Barringer is a ceramic artist and former editor of Studio Potter magazine.
Registration is recommended for this free program.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information and to register.
Haitian culture and art
The Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts will launch a new art exhibition, “Who We Are, What We Bring,” at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, with a reception to be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11.
HAAM is a volunteer group of Haitian artists, created in 1995 to foster fellowship among the artists, promote Haitian culture in New England and build cultural bridges across different communities. This exhibition will feature paintings of Boston’s cultural landmarks, historical figures with ties to New England such as Toussaint L’ Ouverture and Frederick Douglass and social themes relevant to Boston.
The reception will include the signing of an art book, “Migrating Colors: Haitian Art in New England.” The exhibition will be in City Hall through Jan. 30.
Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov.
Libraries and civic engagement
District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., will host “Conversation in Civic Innovation: Libraries as Drivers of Civic Engagement” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Like schools and town halls, libraries have always been anchor civic buildings in local communities and are now reinventing themselves in ways appropriate to the dynamic needs of the 21st century as a trusted source of information.
The community is invited to a discussion on libraries as drivers of civic engagement, focusing on the role of space and play; the role of data and technology; the shift of offerings; and the role of libraries in maintaining equitable access to key resources.
Panelists will include moderator Kim Lucas, City of Boston Department of Information Technology; David Leonard of the Boston Public Library, Dan Cohen of the Northeastern University library, Chris Colbert, Harvard Innovation Labs, and Elizabeth Soeiro, Cambridgeport School library media specialist.
Register for this free event online at www.districthallboston.org.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during January.
Mother Goose on the Loose for babies and toddlers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. This interactive story time uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Artsy Afternoons will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. when children ages 3 and older can explore culture and art through activities and projects. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, kids ages 2 to 5 can listen to STEAM stories – stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Adults must accompany children. Call 617-807-7186 for more information.
Ceramic works on display
The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., is welcoming two new exhibits, “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then and Now” and “Our Cups Runneth Over,” the sixth biennial Ceramic Cup exhibition and sale. Both exhibitions will be on view through Feb. 17.
“Adorning Boston and Beyond” features the contemporary artistic heirs of seminal artists working in and around Boston from the mid 20th century. Artists such as Alexander Calder and Margaret De Patta established the Northeast as a hub of innovation and creativity in studio jewelry.
Contemporary artists who have lived, worked and been educated primarily in Boston continue this thread of innovation in contemporary studio jewelry that focuses on one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that emphasize creative and expression and design, making the genre ideal for experimentation in form, material and concept. Over 30 artists, working throughout mediums will be on view.
“Our Cups Runneth Over” explores the notion of a cup as more than a vessel. The sixth iteration of this biennial Society exhibition, with guest curator Mary Barringer, gives audiences the opportunity to expand upon their understandings of these objects that serve a function in their daily lives.
Through vignettes and curatorial storytelling, viewers will examine how they define a cup and evaluate its quotidian role. Cups as well as representative portfolio pieces from upwards of 25 artists will be showcased and sold during this special exhibition which has come to be a destination for collectors.
Admission is free.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through December.
This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.
Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Made in Fort Point
The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.
Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.