Meet Julie Burros!

We’re excited to have Julie Burros as our keynote speaker this year. Check out her biography to learn more.

Julie Burros Picture

Julie Burros is the Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, a cabinet level position reporting directly to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Arts Cabinet includes the Boston Public Library and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture. As the department head for the very multi-faceted MOAC, she leads Boston Creates, the cultural plan for Boston, the Boston Cultural Council, which makes grants to artists and organization, and the Boston Art Commission, which commissions and approves public art. Other programs include art exhibitions at City Hall, the Poet Laurate program and operation of the historic Strand Theater.

Burros trained as an urban planner and is a 20-year veteran of municipal government public service. Prior to moving to Boston in late 2014 she served as the Director of Cultural Planning for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs since 2000.

Free Rides on the Fairmount Line!

Explore all that Dorchester, Mattapan, & Hyde Park have to offer on the Fairmount Line! Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-7) is paying for free rides from May 8-21. What a great chance to explore Upham’s Corner. We’ve got 5 reasons why you should visit.

5 Reasons to visit UC

Plus, Boston Children’s Chorus will have their season finale on May 21 at the Strand Theatre. Purchase tickets online.

Also, explore the neighborhood with a walking map by WalkBoston. Download map.

Love Your Block!

It’s almost time for our annual spring cleanup formerly known as Boston Shines! This year the program has been renamed to Love Your Block which includes other programs like mini-grants. We’ve got a variety of projects and fun planned!  Keep on reading!