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Arts, Tourism & Special Events

The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events fosters the growth of the cultural community; promotes public participation in the arts and public celebrations; and advances cultural tourism in Boston.

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    A City Evolves: Maps and Visions of Boston from 1775-Present

    The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase images and illustrations in our map collections that demonstrate historic changes to the City of Boston.  Our selection of maps focus on Boston’s regional core and three transformative areas: Roxbury, the Greenway and the South Boston Waterfront. These maps tell the story of the changing cityscape over time and are digital reproductions of actual historic maps. The primary goals of the exhibit are to provide examples of the evolution of mapmaking from handmade to digital cartography; to illustrate dramatic changes to the City of Boston; and to showcase the work of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, the BRA’s Office of Digital Cartography and GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and the BRA’s Urban Design Technology Group.

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    Call to Artists

    The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events sponsors a variety of programs that encourage local artist participation. Learn more about participating in the Boston Arts Festival, Arts on the Arcade, showing in the City Hall galleries, and more.

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    Explore Boston's Public Art

    Search the city's art collection, watch artist videos, access a map of public art installations across the city and more! »

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    Unveiling the Public Art Walk

    Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino unveiled the first edition of a new program - Public Art Walks. The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, together with the Boston Art Commission, have developed the Art Walks, featuring both historic and contemporary art installations throughout the neighborhoods of Boston.

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  • Upham's Corner Public Art Commission
    Mayor Walsh joins the Dudly Street Neighborhood Initiative at the Strand Theatre to announce the selection of a local artist who will create a piece of permanent public art in Upham's Corner.Watch Video »
  • Dear Boston Exhibition Opening
    Mayor Walsh attends the Boston Public Library Archives Dear Boston Exhibit opening ceremony.Watch Video »

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