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.

Events

July28Potter

Happy Birthday Beatrix Tea Party

Tuesday, July 28, 10:30 a.m.
Lower Mills Branch

Families enjoy morning tea, light refreshments, and a reading of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Space is limited. Large groups, please register at 617.298.7841

July28PoorRichard

Poor Richard’s Penny

Tuesday, July 28, 1 p.m.
McKim Plaza, Central Library in Copley Square

Dressed in authentic period costumes, Poor Richard’s Penny performs dynamic arrangements enjoyed during Benjamin Franklin’s time. Click here to see more Revolutionary-themed programs.

July29shark

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.

July29Concert

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.

July30

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.