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Family Design Day

The Boston Society of Architects will host a Family Design Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

Great design is not only beautiful but also a force that can improve people’s lives, from playgrounds to community centers to homeless shelters. Families can explore the new exhibition reimagining the role and impact of architects in society and then work together to design spaces that can enhance the life of families and friends.

This family program is designed for parents and children, ages 5 to 13 years old. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Visit or call 617-391-4039 for further details and to register.

Creativity and dyslexia

The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., will welcome artist Eric Standley in “Technology, Dyslexia and Chromatin Packing” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

Standley’s presentation will weave together the broadly diverse influences, conditions and beliefs that drive his studio practice. He attributes much of his creativity and visual sensitivity to being dyslexic and how growing up in a household of engineers shaped his artistic curiosity.

Standley is currently working with two scientists who study chromatin architecture. As a result, he is creating a series of layered paper-cut artifacts that borrow geometry and fractal architecture found at the most profoundly fundamental building blocks of all lifeforms. He is an associate professor of studio art at Virginia Tech. His work is on view in the current exhibit, “Pulp + Process.”

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information and to register.

Paper floral arrangements

Paper artist Jessica Smith will talk about her work at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Over the course of her 12-week residency, Smith will be constructing component pieces for a large, sprawling arrangement styled after the romantic floral arrangements of Victorian-era florist Constance Spry. In her talk, she will introduce the audience to the history of paper flower making across centuries and cultures, explain the unique sculptural strengths of this ubiquitous material and highlight her own sources of visual inspiration for the textural, layered installation she is dedicating her residency to creating.

Registration is suggested for this free talk, online at or by calling 617-266-1810.

Calligraphy across cultures

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will offer a calligraphy workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.

Students will learn how to shape words, language and culture in this three part series with Arabic, Chinese and English language calligraphers. Materials will be provided.

This series is “pay what you can.” The center supports the arts and enriches the community and any contributions go to support a fair wage for the teaching artists, materials and facility costs as well as other students.

Registration is required, by calling 617-863-9080 or online at

Music at the meetinghouse

The Verona Quartet will perform at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22.

The quartet of violinists Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violist Abigail Rojansky and cellist Jonathan Dormand will perform works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The quartet is currently the resident ensemble in NEC’s Professional String Quartet program.

Admission is free.

Further information is available online at or by calling 617-482-6439.

Boston Massacre orations

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host the annual Fifth of March anniversary orations from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.

Each year from 1772 to 1775, large groups of men, women and children gathered at the Old South Meeting House to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Massacre with rousing speeches by patriots John Hancock, Benjamin Church and Dr. Joseph Warren.

An inter-generational group including students, actors and historians will perform selected excerpts of these speeches in the grand hall where the orations took place 250 years ago.

This year’s program will include excerpts from the “Crispus Attucks Memorials” delivered in 1858 by William Cooper Nell and Dr. John Sweatt Rock, which zeroed in on the institution of slavery in relation to the rhetoric of liberty. Audience members will have the option to read selected excerpts and prizes will be awarded to the most rousing orators in youth and adult categories.

The Suffolk University History Department and the Bostonian Society are co-sponsoring this program.

Registration for this free program is requested at

Call 617-482-6439 or visit for more information.

Metal sculpture and collage

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd, is hosting two new exhibitions, “ Pulp + Process” and Rebecca Welz’s “Inner and Outer Spaces” now through March 30.

“Pulp + Process,” curated by Sam Aldrich, is displaying a variety of paper-made works ranging from stunning cut paper to charming miniatures. Viewers are invited to discover how the craft of making paper by hand is being carried on by artists today and to see how makers are using the medium to produce a massive variety of forms.

The Spotlight Gallery features metal sculpture, collage and more by New York City-based artist Rebecca Welz. She draws inspiration from Japanese design and aesthetics, as well as her experiences of scuba diving in clear, turquoise water.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

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

Aluminum sculptures

The community is invited to the opening of “Peter T. Bennett: The Lure of Aluminum” in the Trustees Gallery of the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd.

In this exhibit, Maine-based artist Bennett brings a survey of his work from the past 12 years, including pieces from the new “Strangeman-Everyman” series created in response to the 2016 Presidential election as well as earlier abstract works. All pieces in this solo exhibition are created primarily from aluminum, his material of choice. Bennett has worked with the medium for much of his career, inspired by its ubiquity, its versatility and the change in thinking that its proliferation fostered between the late 19th century and the modernist period.

The exhibition will run until May 5. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Tax help

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash St., the JVS Center for Economic Opportunity, 75 Federal St., and ABCD: Robert M. Coard Building, 178 Tremont St., are hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The BCNC is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and the JVS is open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call ABCD at 617-348-6583 for an appointment.

The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

Further information can be found at

Library fun

The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during March.

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.

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 February.

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 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 for more information.