Participate in the Boston Creates Community Survey, an important part of a citywide cultural planning process led by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture. Your answers will…

  • Illustrate the kinds of arts, cultural, and creative activities that are most meaningful to Boston area residents;
  • Identify barriers and obstacles that prevent people from taking advantage of cultural programs and activities;
  • Inform decisions about what arts and cultural programs should be supported in the future.

New & Noteworthy

  • The Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library will close beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, for a period of 18-24 months while it undergoes renovations. During this time, Jamaica Plain Branch users are encouraged to use the nearby Connolly and Egleston Square branches as well as any of the Boston Public Library’s other locations throughout the city.
  • Boston Public Library locations offer free summer programs for children and teens. This year’s children's theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and events include story times, crafts, and programs hosted by Historic New England, New England Aquarium, and the Museum of Science. Events for teens include interactive music and comic book workshops.



New England Aquarium: Sharks

Wednesday, July 29, 2 p.m.
Hyde Park Branch

As part of Summer Reading, kids handle shark jaws and skin, identify the biggest and smallest sharks, and learn about shark adaptations. Click here for more New England Aquarium programs.


Concert in the Courtyard

Wednesday, July 29, 6 p.m.
McKim Courtyard, Central Library in Copley Square

3 Sudacas fuses traditional music from their native countries with jazz harmony and pop elements.


Author Visit with Matt Tavares

Thursday, July 30, 6 p.m.
Dudley Branch

Author Matt Tavares talks about the making of his baseball book Growing Up Pedro and draws with children. Click here for more Matt Tavares events.


Concert in the Courtyard

Friday, July 31, 12:30 p.m.
McKim Courtyard, Central Library in Copley Square

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program brings quality classical music instruction to underrepresented communities.


City-Wide Friends Book Sale

Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cushman Room, Central Library in Copley Square

Stock up on a wide range of books, poetry, DVDs, and CDs for low prices. All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library.