Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
Herbal medicine workshop
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will host “Do It Yourself Chinese Herbal Medicine” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.
Dr. De-Guang He, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and Qigong master, will introduce Chinese herbal medicines. These herbs have been used in Asian cultures for more than 5,000 years. The fundamental idea of living in harmony with nature and the environment is the basis for the use of Chinese herbs as well as the traditional Chinese approach to health.
Knowledge of the healing power of herbal remedies is often passed down from generation to generation, and today represents one of China’s great gifts to mankind.
Admission is free. Call 617-807-8176 for further details.
The First Amendment
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host “The First Amendment: From Hate Speech to Fake News – What is Protected by the Constitution?” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24.
Attendees will look at the history of the First Amendment, and how freedom and regulation of speech have developed through the modern age. An overview of issues on the national scale will be followed by a Massachusetts-specific focus. This panel discussion will be moderated by Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts.
This free program is part of the series “The Constitution is For You: A Series of Conversations” co-presented by Old South Meeting House and the ACLU of Massachusetts
Registration is requested for this free program, online at www.osmh.org or by calling 617-482-6439.
New art exhibition
The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd., will host the newest exhibition “PRIED” from April 25 through June 30.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.
The exhibition highlights LGBTQI-plus individuals who create works that may or may not be made based around the image of a queer person just as any other maker is not limited to creating works about their own identity. This exhibition highlights the hands, minds and voices of LGBTQI-plus artists in the greater Boston area and beyond, while also challenging the viewers and craft connoisseurs who seek it out.
The opening and exhibition are free but reservations are recommended.
Call 617-266-1810 or visit www.societyofcrafts.org for more information.
Healthy Kids Day
The Wang YMCA at 8 Oak St. West will host a Healthy Kids Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
Kids can enjoy fun games, crafts, Chinese dance performances, a magic show, kids’ yoga, an obstacle course, kids’ Zumba, snacks and activities that promote health and wellbeing.
Admission is free. Call 617-426-2237 or visit www.ymcaboston.org for more information.
Art association at City Hall
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, is hosting new exhibitions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.
The Scollay Square gallery will display the Hyde Park Art Association’s 30th annual exhibition from April 27 until May 10. The exhibition features a broad range of art, including photography, watercolor, oil paintings and sculpture. The Hyde Park Art Association is a nonprofit organization that believes that art is a necessary part of human life and they conduct programs that make art readily available in the neighborhood.
“We Need the Storm,” paintings by Matt Brackett, are on display in the Mayor’s Gallery until May 31. Brackett's paintings combine ice-locked landscapes and quotations of American leaders, philosophers and activists.
For more information, visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts/visual/galleries.
Daffodils in the Seaport
Twenty-foot nylon daffodils will sprout up in the Seaport ahead of the Boston Marathon. The public art installation “20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston” running now through April 29 will feature 20 enormous flowers that will spin in the wind.
The Seaport commissioned artist Daniele Frazier to create the orange, yellow and green flowers, to celebrate spring and the Marathon. Daffodils have come to symbolize the Boston Marathon after the program Marathon Daffodils planted 130,000 daffodils along the 26.2 mile route as a sign of hope after the 2013 marathon bombings.
Youth arts festival
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Square, is hosting the 25th annual Youth Arts Month Festival throughout City Hall now through April 29.
Each year, the City of Boston showcases the work of young Boston Public Schools artists from across the district. This year’s exhibit features the work of 29 schools representing more than 330 Pre-K to 12th grade students.
Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov/departments/arts-and-culture.
Power and privilege in art
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying the “Power and Privilege Art Exhibit” now to through May 18.
An artists’ reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.
This exhibition explores the tension between historical and contemporary conceptions of “power” and “privilege.” These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized views. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated, and each artist has chosen to engage in an often-uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives of power and privilege.
The work is by faculty members of the visual and media arts department at Bunker Hill Community College: Yong Chen, Gary Duehr, Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens, Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.
Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bhcc.edu.
The community is invited to the exhibit “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 www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during April.
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 April.
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.