Arts + Policy

Arts + Policy


Say hello to Nubian Square

Say hello to Nubian Square

Mayor predicts panel will OK new name for Dudley Square

THERE’S NO BRONZE traitor astride a horse. No statue whatsoever. In fact, it can be a little tricky to suss out who exactly Dudley Square is named after. But this era’s moral reckoning with villains from the past will soon shove aside the timeworn geographic honorific memorializing Thomas Dudley, a colonial functionary who was in(...)

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Using art to highlight Eastie climate change

Using art to highlight Eastie climate change

At library, ribbons show potential sea level rise

IT’S AN UNUSUAL SIGHT: Colored ribbons 18-feet-long stretched taut over steel bars, melting into brightly colored duct tape clinging to pavement outside the East Boston Public Library. The creators of the collaborative art installation, called “RisingEMOTIONS,” say it visualizes the public’s emotional state about flooding due to sea level rise. The project is led by(...)

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Changing the climate change conversation

Changing the climate change conversation

What cultural organizations can do to educate the public

DATA FROM THE Yale Project on Climate Communication reveals the surprising fact that 70 percent of Americans understand that climate change is occurring, but 64 percent shy away from discussing it. They find the topic too daunting, too polarizing, or perhaps best left to scientists. However, climate change is not just the purview of scientists, academics,(...)

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Hey, Beacon Hill, pay attention to the arts

Hey, Beacon Hill, pay attention to the arts

Shortchanged for too long, we need a dedicated funding stream

IN 1973, LED ZEPPELIN played to hordes of adoring fans at the Boston Garden on its blockbuster US tour, just over 80,000 people attended the MFA’s exhibit “Soviet Union: Arts and Crafts in Ancient Times,” and Massachusetts lawmakers established the Special Committee on the Arts to establish a model for arts funding at the local(...)

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Bridging the representation gap 

Bridging the representation gap 

Hyde Park span renamed in honor of suffragist and abolitionist sisters

ON NOVEMBER 16, the rebuilt Dana Avenue Bridge in Hyde Park will be renamed in honor of two trailblazing sisters who lived in the neighborhood, the great suffragists and abolitionists Angelina and Sarah Grimké. This is a perfect moment in a perfect place to recognize two heroic women who sacrificed so much of their own(...)

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Film tax credit sunset looms

Film tax credit sunset looms

Rodrigues: ‘I still have concerns about the cost’

THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE WAYS AND MEANS Committee sounds as if he is in no hurry to eliminate the sunset provision contained in the state’s film tax credit law. The tax credit, launched in 2006 and scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2022, has been the focus of a number of attempts to eliminate(...)

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Is Museum of Science treating its workers poorly?

Is Museum of Science treating its workers poorly?

Globe story suggests institution is preaching sell, sell, sell

THE NONPROFIT Museum of Science is operating like – well, a business. That’s the broad takeaway from a story in the Boston Globe, which reports that sales employees at the museum say they are being pressured into “taking as much money as possible from visitors.” In the print edition of the Globe, the story ran(...)

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Aquarium not making in-lieu-of-tax cash payments to Boston

Aquarium not making in-lieu-of-tax cash payments to Boston

Says no other aquarium or zoo in the US makes such contributions

THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM, suggesting nonprofit cultural institutions like itself are already contributing enough, says it won’t be making any in-lieu-of-tax cash payments to the city of Boston this fiscal year. In a letter to the city’s assessor, Eric Krauss, the aquarium’s executive vice president, said the nonprofit institution is an essential component of the(...)

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Greenway Conservancy move a disservice to disabled

Greenway Conservancy move a disservice to disabled

Cutting contract is an insult to long Kennedy family commitment

WHEN I FIRST heard about the decision of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to cut its contractual ties with the highly acclaimed employment non-profit for the disabled WORK Inc., I immediately thought of the experience of one of my closest friends while we were growing up in the ’50’s and  ’60’s. His name was Charlie(...)

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Shakespeare & Co. looking for partner

Shakespeare & Co. looking for partner

Lenox arts group tries to monetize its property

SHAKESPEARE & CO., a Lenox nonprofit that produces the Bard’s plays, educates teachers, and trains actors, is looking to diversify. Like most artistic groups, Shakespeare & Co. struggles to make ends meet. According to Charity Navigator, the arts organization ran a deficit in fiscal 2018 of nearly $346,000. Its program revenue totaled $2.5 million, but(...)

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