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Emerge: Boston’s Arts Festival

Schedule of Events

The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is proud to host Emerge: Boston’s Arts Festival (formerly (ähts): the Boston Art Festival), on Thursday September 10, 2015 from 5:00 to 10:30 pm. The one-night event will feature several visual arts showcases throughout Boston City Hall, including the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Award and Exhibition, art vendors, and several installations. There will be dancing, DJs, live music, and performances. Architecture tours of City Hall will be given by Mark Pasnik, author of Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston and a member of the Boston Art Commission. The festival will also include music technology demonstrations from Mmmmaven and a co-sponsored project by Now and There, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating impactful public art projects in Greater Boston. Performing artists include acclaimed singer/storyteller Anais Mitchell, whose much-loved concept album Hadestown is being produced for off-Broadway.  Installation artists include Brian GlaserCorinne SpencerCyrille ConanBasil KincaidCoorain DevinKenji Nakayama, and performance art team Loreto P. Ansaldo and Aparna Das.

In addition to presenting work by emerging and established artists from both the local and national art scene, this new event will explore the civic role of art and design by positioning City Hall as a place that actively fosters cultural events and community dialogue. The name Emerge was suggested by Chris Lindgren, who was selected as the winner of the 2015 Arts Festival naming competition. 

"Boston is the home of many artists who represent our unique and diverse culture," said Mayor Walsh. "I encourage residents and visitors to enjoy this new, fun, family-friendly event and support the creative efforts of local Boston artists.

The festival kicks off in the City Hall’s South Entrance Hall Courtyard Level at 5:30 pm with the Fay Chandler Award for Emerging Artists in memory of Fay Chandler, with support from the Chandler Family. 

A detailed schedule of events can be seen below:

*Architecture tours of City Hall will be given by Mark Pasnik at 5:45, 6:45, and 7:45. All tours will meet next to the elevators on the third floor.

South Entrance Hall Courtyard Level

5: 30 pm 

The Fay Chandler Award for Emerging Artists 

6:00 to 7:00 pm 

Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges welcomes S.O.U.P. (Society Of Urban Poetry) 

7:00 to 7:30 pm   

Dirty Water Brass Band - Marching Band

7:40 to 8:00 pm  

Actress Tangella Large performing a scene from Daniel Beaty's new play, "Mr. Joy."  

8:00 to 10:30 

DJ Begbick (Controversy Boston) spins all varieties of hits plus international club music, from the Caribbean to South Africa to Spain; presented in association with MMMMaven.

Courtyard Stage

5:45 to 6:15 pm 

Maria Finkelmeier / Kadence Arts - drum and marimba presentation

6:30 to 7:00 pm

Jahriffe and Jah-N-I Roots Band Movement. 

7:15 to 10:15 pm 

Salsa Matei and DJ D Martinez 

Second Floor Mezzanine Stage

6:30 to 7:00 pm 

Third Eye Fell performing First Jataka Fable

7:30 to 8:00 pm

Third Eye Fell performing Second Jataka Fable

8:30 to 9:00 pm

Third Eye Fell performing Third Jataka Fable

Second Floor Stage

6:00 to 6:30 pm 

Mixcla -  Latin Jazz

6:45 to 7:30 pm

MassMouth : The Living Art of Storytelling In Massachusetts

7:45 to 8:30 pm

E - Thalia Zedek, Jason Sanford, Gavin McCarthy

8:45 to 9:45 pm

Anais Mitchell 

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All events will take place at City Hall, One City Hall Plaza, accessible by T via Park Street, Downtown Crossing, Haymarket, and State Street.


Tue, 2015-09-01