Founded in 1977, The Fenway Alliance is a consortium of 22 nationally and internationally renowned cultural and academic institutions located in the Fenway, defining the best of arts, culture, education, and research in Boston and beyond. These institutions also engage in myriad ways of promoting neighborhood revitalization, community development and providing links to higher education and arts and culture for under-served neighborhood youth and families. Taken as a whole, members of the Alliance represent a formidable economic, socio-political and cultural influence within Boston and throughout the New England region.
The goal of the Alliance is to enhance the Fenway Cultural District, creating a 5-mile area in the City of Boston that remains and grows in its uniquely rich academic and cultural offerings, and its beautiful parklands and green spaces. We create and sustain the Fenway Cultural District, and provide the highest quality intellectual, social and cultural opportunities for individuals and families throughout the region.
I am a Corporate Partner of the Alliance and recently attended our ‘Last Sunset of Summer’ event graciously hosted, once again, by the Marriott Residence Inn. Executive Director Kelley Brilliant spoke of the upcoming Opening Our Doors 2015 event, which is further detailed below:
The Fenway Alliance is delighted to announce the 14th year of Opening Our Doors on Monday, October 12! Opening Our Doors is a day where the Fenway Cultural District opens its doors so the public can experience the gems of this uniquely culturally- and artistically-rich neighborhood for FREE on Monday, October 12. Come join the 21 member institutions of the Alliance and enjoy theatre workshops with the Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Children’s Theatre; indoor kite flying with Kite Education; art-making with SPARC! the Artmobile; Open Studios at Fenway Studios, walking tours of the Back Bay Fens; chimes and an organ performance at The First Church of Christ, Scientist; musical performances from the New England Conservatory; Zil Misik; and the Beatbus, a music workshop and performance venue on wheels. This day is also an opportunity to view exhibits you may have missed out on, with free admission to a few of Boston’s finest museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MassArt’s Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Wheelock College Towne Art Gallery and The Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium.
The Kick-Off celebration begins promptly at 10:00 AM on the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, located near the intersection of the Avenue of the Arts (Huntington Ave.) and the Avenue of Music (Mass. Ave.). Performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus and a Kids Parade led by the Hot Tamale Brass Band, as well as free cupcakes by Oakleaf Cakes will begin this day-long festival with activities for all age groups.
So please come and join me in celebrating an impressive, free to the public event, sure to entertain children of all ages, from kite flying to museum tours. See you there!