Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
Maintaining healthy relationships in time of Covid
Chances are that COVID-19 has changed a lot in your life. You may be working from home, self-isolating and seeing a lot less of your loved ones – but social distancing shouldn’t stop you from maintaining healthy, happy relationships. Whatever the case is in your life, remember that this is a temporary phase and you will come out of it soon.
So, instead of getting bogged down with negative thoughts, join GA Boston from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 for a talk with Relationship Coach Harry Uddoh on how to use this time to work on relationships and build memories. They'll be talking communication, new ways to socialize and how to be a source of positivity for others.
Go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/maintaining-healthy-relationships-in-time-of-covid/online/160713 for more information and registration.
A job fair series for English language learners
BCNC is hosting a virtual job fair series from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 targeted towards English language learners conducted virtually on Zoom. They are inviting more than 500 ESOL students from their classes and other programs in the Greater Boston area. Immigrants and English language learners bring a wide range of skills and experience to the workforce, including language skills in some of the most commonly spoken languages in Boston: Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese and French.
Diversify your employee pool and help create pathways to brighter futures.
Go to https://bcnc.net/events/2020/10/20/immigrants-opportunity-fair-series-2020-6n4f4 for more information.
Holiday marketing hacks to help boost sales
The holiday season is almost here. More people than ever will be shopping online from the safety and comfort of their own couch. They’ve got a stocking stuffed with holiday marketing hacks to boost your online sales.
Join the General Assembly and PLANOLY from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 to learn how to reach your audience and grow your business through effective holiday campaign planning and seamless execution.
Takeaways: Creating a holiday social campaign; Using contests and coupons to boost sales; Driving customers to your website thru impactful channels like Pinterest; Making your Instagram shoppable; and Setting up an Instagram ‘pop up’ shop.
Go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/holiday-marketing-hacks-to-help-boost-sales/online/162478 for more information and registration.
African American leaders in late 19th century Boston fought to create a lasting monument to Crispus Attucks on Boston Common. They forged a broad coalition of supporters, including Irish American leaders, and ultimately prevailed in creating a monument to Attucks and the other victims of the Boston Massacre, whom opponents cast as “hoodlums, rioters and ruffians.”
Monumental Attucks will explore the story of the monument’s creation, and reflect on how monuments bring us together and when they drive us apart. The panel discussion will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10 via Zoom.
Visit revolutionaryspaces.org/events/monumental-attucks for more information and registration.
Talking Taste: Chef Ellie Tiglao
Join Boston culinary talent Chef Ellie Tiglao, owner of Somerville’s Tanám, for a virtual live cooking class at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, hosted by ICA.
Tanám is the first restaurant concept by Olio, a worker cooperative, democratically run and operated primarily by women of color. Tanám features narrative Filipino cuisine, using food and art to tell stories that don’t often get told, shared by the people who live those stories.
Visit icaboston.org/events for more information and Zoom registration ($10 | Free for ICA Members).
Twitch X GA presents: ‘The uprising of tech and entertainment’
With the rise of online engagement, the entertainment industry has been working to unlock the potential of their tech landscapes. One of the biggest online streaming platforms Twitch, on average brings in more than 15 million daily active users.
Whether you’re a content creator, gamer or a spectator, the online entertainment industry is a place for everyone that shows ample opportunity for users and businesses to connect globally.
Join expert panelists who will discuss how they are using Twitch online platforms to connect with audiences and unlock the next space of entertainment from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The panelists will talk about: how are users engaging on online platforms; where to begin as a content creator and how to tailor to your audience; what streaming technologies are available for use; how to understand users and use data to enhance their experience; the potential for companies working together to promote on different platforms; and where do we see the integration technology and entertainment playing out in the future.
Go to generalassemb.ly/education/twitch-x-ga-presents-the-uprising-of-tech-and-entertainment/online/159386 for more information and registration.
Canstruction Boston: Virtual design competition (2020)
Canstruction is a unique nonprofit organization that holds annual design-build competitions to construct unique, colossal structures made entirely from canned goods.
Founded in 1992, Canstruction’s mission is to highlight the issue of hunger and food insecurity across communities, collect food for distribution to thousands, and to showcase the creativity of the design industry.
The Boston Chapter of Canstruction was founded in 1995 and has been going strong ever since.
The theme for this year’s virtual design competition is “That’s Entertainment!”
Through the years – in good times and bad – movies, television shows, theater productions and other media have kept audiences enthralled. From pure escapism to works of art that reflect the human condition, we love it all … and they want to see what you can design and build that honors this love. What has kept you entertained?
Interested teams should note that they intend to use the same theme in 2021 so that teams will have an option to refine their 2020 design and actually build it.
Learn more and vote for your favorite designs at www.canstruction-Boston.org.
People’s Choice voting will take place through Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Special exhibit will be on view on the BSA website at www.architects.org/search?q=canstruction through Friday, Dec. 4.
Bright Lights film series
The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College will present the Bright Lights Film Series Fall 2020 at 7 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
Nov. 12 – Bright Lights: A Woman's Work
Football and feminism collide in this feature documentary that follows two former NFL cheerleaders who file class-action lawsuits against their teams and the league alleging wage theft and illegal employment practices.
Nov. 19 – Bright Lights: Dope Is Death
In 1973, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, along with fellow Black Panthers and the Young Lords, combined community health with radical politics to create the first acupuncture detoxification program in America.
Dec. 3 – Bright Lights: The Condor & The Eagle
In the midst of the burning of the Amazon, the mega-fires in Australia, and the global climate strikes, this award-winning documentary documents the ongoing collective climate awakening and the imperative of urgent change.
Dec. 10 – Bright Lights: Queering The Script
In 2016, a record number of queer women died on fictional shows, which broke the hearts of queer fans and launched a successful fight for better, more diverse LGTBQ2S+ representation.
All virtual screenings are free and open to the public. Tickets will become available at noon on the day of the film screening.
Go to https://websites.emerson.edu/brightlights for more information and Zoom registration.
CraftBoston holiday online
In a world of sameness, craft illuminates difference.
CraftBoston Holiday 2020, presented by The Society of Arts + Crafts, is going digital. The online festival will be held from Thursday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Meet the artists, visit their virtual booths and shop their work all season long. They will have hundreds of pieces available in their new SA+C online shop, as well as links to artist websites that you can access through the CraftBoston artist profiles.
People will also have the opportunity to learn more about their practice through artist demos and special events. Start your day with Cra(ahhhh)ft: meditative, mesmerizing videos of the making process hosted live by CraftBoston artists. Check out Mix + Mingle, a weekly, informal gathering with a handful of artists, to chat about their work, studios and more.
A weekend event showcasing a selection of fine craft and craft artists, full of online programming is slated for Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.
Visit https://societyofcrafts.org for more information.
‘Remembering Our Stories, Remembering Who We Are’
Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns uses photographs, oral histories and multimedia archives to highlight stories of migration, displacement and everyday resilience in Chinatowns around the world.
Join curators Huiying B. Chan, Mei Lum, Diane Wong, and Pao Arts Center for a reflection on the necessity of art in these current times and a guided walk through of their exhibition Homeward Bound from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Community members will read their personal love letters to Boston Chinatown and respond to the exhibition with their own stories. They will conclude with an opportunity for all participants to share their own stories of grief, love, and hope for the future.
Homeward Bound is the first of its kind to honor, preserve and build on the history and present-day issues of Chinatowns through community-led and curated narratives from residents globally. As Chinatowns around the world continue to change and the diaspora is uprooted, it is imperative that stories at risk of being displaced are well preserved for future generations.
Go to paoartscenter.org/events/rememberingstorieswhoweare for more information and Zoom registration (a suggested $10 donation supports arts and creativity).
Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.
Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase their collections. Reduced shipping rates are available.
You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
Tea Talk #5: Ships of The Boston Tea Party
Four ships bearing East India Company Tea were sent to Boston in 1773. Three of them arrived in Boston Harbor, sending the town into a frenzy.
Join the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Creative Team from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Nov. 28 as they lead a virtual discussion focused on the important role these ships played in the events that would ultimately lead to a revolution.
This one-hour Zoom presentation will explore the types of vessels involved in the Boston Tea Party and the construction methods used to recreate them for the museum as well as share anecdotes and information about the ship owners and crews that sailed them.
Visit www.bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-museum for more information and registration ($15).
Celebrity Series of Boston at Home
The Fall 2020 Edition of Celebrity Series at Home features a diverse lineup of classical music, modern and classical dance, jazz, folk, world music, family music and multi-media performances at 8 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
Nov. 19: Soul Yatra Trio: Folk Tunes and New Works
Dec. 3: Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet: "Global Inspirations"
Dec. 10: Devin Ferreira: “Seeds of Greatness”
Dec. 17: Verónica Robles: "A Mexican Christmas: Songs and Stories"
Visit celebrityseries.org for more information and registration including Sunday performances.
November Virtual Teen Night
Inspired by the exhibitions Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors and Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama that prompt self-reflection in one's connection to the planet, ICA’s Teen Night slated from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 will include the following activities:
6 p.m. – Creative Making
Choose your own adventure in one of our artmaking breakout rooms. Create your own Kusama inspired pet rock, practice your sketching skills through figure drawing, upcycle clothing you have at home, or make some leaf prints on recycled paper. They will be sending supply kits for folks who sign up before Nov. 12.
7 p.m. – Mindfulness Pause
This year has made an impact on not only us, but Mother Nature herself. Let's take a moment to pause, breath, and meditate together.
7:15 p.m. – Open Mic/Art Showcase
Interested in showcasing your work or performing? Sign up!
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/november-teen-night-tickets-126495823413 for more information and registration.
Do you like making art? Are you currently in sixth, seventh or eighth grade? Do you want to learn more about contemporary art with other creative young people? If so, then join ICA for Art (Co)Lab, a new eight-week virtual program for youth in grades 6 to 8 focused on visual arts, inspired by current installations in the Bank of America Art Lab. The group will meet virtually from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 3 (except Nov. 26).
The group will explore the themes and materials present in Threads of Connection by Boston-based artist Merill Comeau. The program will be led by ICA staff and teaching artists with special workshops led by guest artists. Participants will explore various art materials, methods, and ideas to grow as artists and create a creative online community.
Advanced registration required. Free for BPS students / $168 for members / $210 for nonmembers. Materials will be provided and scholarships are available.
Email Jessie Miyu Magyar at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visit ICAboston.org for other information.
Online Homework Assistance Program
The Boston Public Library Homework Assistance Program is available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Open to K-8, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.
Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.
Waterfront Bingo 2020
Support small businesses in waterfront neighborhoods across Boston with the new Waterfront Bingo cards.
Each board contains 25 options of local businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood that are offering food pickup, delivery, or gift cards. Cross off a box each time you place an order. A completed board is five squares in a row, column, or diagonal.
Take a picture of your completed board and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #BostonHarborNow to enter to win. One winner will be chosen per week from the submitted entries.
Visit bostonharbornow.org/waterfrontbingo2020 for more information.
YMCA of Greater Boston fall preview
The YMCA of Greater Boston is offering all members and non-members an opportunity to preview their Fall 2020 programs with a free preview week at all 13 YMCA of Greater Boston branches. The fall preview will provide parents and children the opportunity to experience a program with the Y and see how fun and safe it can be.
Fall programing will run through December and will consist of two sessions. Each session will include soccer, basketball, t-ball, sports sampler, swim lessons, semi- private & private swim and physical education. The Jr. Celtics skills and drills program is back and will run for10 weeks through Dec. 20.
All sports clinics and group swim lessons will be included in family memberships through the end of the year. Members of the East Boston YMCA can take advantage of group swim lessons at any other YMCA of Greater Boston locations.
For more information about memberships, visit ymcaboston.org.
Registration for all YMCA fall programs can be booked online at https://ymcaboston.org/active-programs. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –
18 years of age and under – through Dec. 31. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Boston Public Market at Dewey Square
The Boston Public Market at Dewey Square on the Greenway will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 17.
This outdoor farmers’ market offers farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, eggs, milk and cheese; fish; bread and baked goods; flowers and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs.
Dewey Square vendors accept SNAP/EBT/HIP for all eligible products.
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
‘Love letters to Boston Chinatown’
Help celebrate and strengthen the API (Asian and Pacific Islander) community of Chinatown and Greater Boston by sharing a love letter to Boston Chinatown. Create a poem, story, or illustration inspired and dedicated to Boston Chinatown to help uplift their neighborhood during these difficult times.
Pao Arts Center will translate these letters (in English and Chinese) and post them around the neighborhood as they receive them to empower this community through creativity and kind messages.
This project, inspired by Wing on Wo & Co’s Love Letters to Chinatown, will be ongoing through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Visit https://bcnc.net/events for more information, including the link to submit your creation and to view other people’s submissions.
‘Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns’
The exhibition “Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns” will be on view at the Pao Arts Center through Thursday, Dec. 31.
Walk through this 3D online exhibit and enjoy an audio tour from Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s podcast as part of the Homeward Bound virtual experience. Curated by queer Chinese American scholars, organizers and artists Mei Lum, Diane Wong and Huiying B. Chan, it centers narratives of home, community and intergenerational resistance.
The exhibition contains multimedia content from written text, video, audio, along with the artworks.
The installation uses photographs, oral histories and multimedia archives to highlight stories of migration, displacement and everyday resilience in Chinatowns around the world. This exhibition is the first of its kind to honor, preserve and build on the history and present-day issues of Chinatowns through community-led and curated narratives from residents globally.
Visit paoartscenter.org/events to learn more.
Boston Children’s Museum is open
The Boston Children’s Museum has re-opened following health and safety guidelines.
Museum hours: Wednesdays through Sundays with two time slots for visits from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
Most exhibits will be opened with a few exceptions. The Art Lab will be open with familiar and new programs. The Shop at BCM will be open during Museum hours.
TJX $1 Friday night will be back in the future.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for more information.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition with 26 activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.
Visit Boston National Historical Park sites
Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail.
In downtown Boston, the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.
In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.
Visit www.bostonusa.com/listings/boston-national-historical-park/11563 for more information.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum update
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, 306 Congress St. is open Thursdays through Sundays following the safety guidelines:
Tours are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The gift shop and Abigail’s Tea Room is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
ICA is open
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at 25 Harbor Shore Drive has reopened following new health and safety protocol and visitor guidelines. Advance time-tickets will be required.
Typical hours – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: *10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; *Thursdays and *Fridays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
*Free Thursdays Night: 5 to 9 p.m.; *First Friday of every month: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; *Member Mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on weekends; *Play Dates last Saturday of the month
All on-site programs, activities and events, including group tours, are suspended until further notice.
ICA will continue to host virtual events.
Current exhibitions: Nina Chanel Abney through Jan. 3, 2021; Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama through Feb. 7, 2021; and Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors through Aug. 15, 2021.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
Old State House/Old South Meeting House museums open
Revolutionary Spaces has reopened the Old State House (206 Washington St.) and Old South Meeting House (310 Washington St.) museums following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The museums hours: Saturdays only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31.
Timed tickets can be purchased online.
The museum shops at both sites will open at a later date.
Reflecting Attucks at the Old State House is a temporary exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to fall in the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. This exhibit will be on view through March, 2021.
To learn more about exploring Freedom Trail official historic sites, including what to expect and requirements, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org.
Visit revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
Virtual Revolutionary Spaces
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House have a new website and are offering virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances. Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on social media.
Visit www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 1 following COVID guidelines.
You can also download a free PDF sample of the Greenway Carousel Coloring Book to bring your favorite Greenway Carousel creature’s home and explore native New England creatures of land, air and sea with their downloadable PDF.
For more information and updates, visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org and/or follow them on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels as well as their latest blog posts.
Bulfinch Crossing projection
From dusk to dawn, the underpass is illuminated by 23 projectors shooting 345,000 lumens out onto the beams of the underpass, mapping out the custom created art produced by highly regarded and Boston based visual artist, Zebbler.
Inspired by a local flower store, Zebbler’s animation titled “City Bloom” grew from a single projection to a building-wide video texture over the course of the last year. With verdant bursts of flowers, vines and branches slowly growing over the concrete underpass of the Government Center Garage, City Bloom is designed to bring an illuminated spark of joy to Boston, with its animation playfully exploring the boundary between a static fine art installation and a VJ performance.
Given the current climate, this installation will be made available as a “drive through” art installation where viewers are encouraged to drive, bike or walk through the underpass to experience this epic art piece in person. You can also view on their website.
Learn more at www.bulfinchcrossingprojections.com.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. continues to welcome 400 guests a day for emergency refuge services. Since they cannot utilize volunteers at this time, and are relying on extra outside paid services, they are spending an extra $10,000 a day to keep the place up and running.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.
- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.