Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
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.
Talk and walking tour
The Friends of the Boston HarborWalk will host a virtual tour and walking tour to commemorate the centennial of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Fort Point Arts Center, 70 Sleeper St.
Mike Manning of the Friends will lead this free tour. The first hour will be a talk on the Flood, its causes and its impact on the North End neighborhood. Weather permitting a complimentary trolley tour bus will take the group to the site of the Great Molasses Flood. At the end of the tour guests are invited to re-board the trolley as it continues on its tour route to Charlestown and back to Boston.
If the weather does not cooperate, the entire tour will be virtual and be held at the FPAC space.
Reservations are requested for this free program, as space is limited.
Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/events or call 617-223-8667 to register and for more information.
The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., will welcome Alanna Robbins in a talk and workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.
This fun and fast paced workshop will cover two techniques for creating silver earrings that are simple to make and striking to wear. The day will begin with demonstrations on how to create links for two classic chain styles that will be adapted into a variety of earrings designs. Students will learn some metalsmithing basics including forming, texturing and finishing sterling silver.
As an artist and metalsmith herself, Robbins enjoys sharing the technical aspects of her craft with the community with hopes of perpetuating an appreciating for hand-made objects in age of the machine made. Her performative body adornments specialize in fabricating with non-ferrous metals.
No experience is needed. The fee is $75 plus $20 for materials.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information and to register.
Family design day
The Boston Society of Architects will host a family design day “Skyscrapers” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.
Boston, the home to the Hancock and Prudential towers, is taking steps to elevate the city’s skyline. Families will learn more about the architecture, science and art behind what keeps the world’s tallest buildings standing and then, using a kit of parts, design and build their own skyscrapers.
This family program is designed for parents and children, ages 5 to 13 years old. Admission is $10 or $8 for members. Pre-registration is required.
Visit www.architects.org or call 617-391-4039 for further details and to register.
Dr. King in Boston
The Boston Children’s Museum, Wee the People and the Josiah Quincy School will celebrate the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a free program from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Boston Common.
Families will learn about American history and how people can come together to make meaningful change through art, language and other activities. The day will include arts and crafts activities, collaborative music making with the Josiah Quincy Orchestra, programs with Wee the People and much more.
Admission is free.
For a full schedule of activities, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org or call 617-426-6500.
Asian American art
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Beyond Expectations” now through March 30.
Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, this exhibit showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art. The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian immigrant cultures and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. A variety of artistic media are represented.
Admission to the exhibition is free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.
Haitian culture and art
The Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts is displaying a new art exhibition, “Who We Are, What We Bring,” at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza.
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 exhibition will be in City Hall through Jan. 30.
Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov.
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.