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.



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.


Renovation Closing Party

Saturday, August 1, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Jamaica Plain Branch

The Jamaica Plain Branch will close for renovations beginning 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 1, for 18-24 months. All ages are welcome for a sendoff party with cake, ice cream, and refreshments.



Boston Bikes: Keep It Rolling

Monday, August 3, 3:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Grove Hall Branch

Boston Bikes offers free bike checks, tune-ups, and basic repairs for kids and adults with bikes of all sizes. Youth under 18 must obtain a guardian’s signature or bring a guardian to the event.


Summer Reading Club: Animal Heroes

Tuesday, August 4, 6 p.m.
Fields Corner Branch

As part of Summer Reading, learn about animal heroes and enjoy hands-on crafts and activities in this program for all ages. Click here for more Summer Reading fun.