Community singing series enlivens public parks all summer long.
These free, outdoor singing events will take place over five weekends, beginning Saturday, July 17 through Sunday, August 15. “We Sing: Boston” will take place in neighborhoods in and around Boston, including Dorchester, Chinatown, and Mattapan. We invite community members of all ages and skill levels to join in singing, games, prizes, and socializing in a park near you!
This summer series will culminate with a special, city-wide event on Boston Common in September. These outdoor events will be in accordance with local COVID safety guidelines.
Through “We Sing: Boston,” Boston Children’s Chorus and Friends of the Public Garden aim to provide free musical enrichment and community building opportunities for children and families across Boston. Following a year of isolation and distance, “We Sing: Boston” invites the city to stand together and sing the hope of tomorrow! For more information about an event near you visit the Boston Children’s Chorus website.
“We Sing: Boston” is sponsored by Friends of the Public Garden with additional support from the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
ABOUT BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS
Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) was founded in 2003 by Hubie Jones, a civic leader who, for six decades, has worked to address the social problems facing Boston’s underserved children and communities. BCC harnesses the power of music to connect Boston’s diverse communities, cultivate empathy, and inspire social inquiry.
BCC choir programs include 13 choirs with singers from 110 different zip codes in and around Boston. Named Boston’s “Ambassadors of Harmony” by the Boston Globe, BCC presents over 50 performances per season in a wide range of public and private events. They have performed in venues from Boston Symphony Hall, and Royal Albert Hall in London, to Sydney Opera House, and the White House.
BCC is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN
The Friends of the Public Garden has worked in partnership with the City of Boston for 50 years to restore, maintain, and advocate for the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The three properties are national treasures and they are located in the heart of our city. The Friends help care for 1700 trees, 42 pieces of public art, and more than 50 acres of lawn.
In recent years, the organization has completed many capital projects on behalf of the city, including renovation and activation of the Brewer Fountain and Plaza by Park Street Station on the Common and restoration of the George Robert White Memorial fountain in the Garden. The organization is also in partnership to renew the Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial across from the State House.
ABOUT THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
The Parks and Recreation Department creates and maintains clean, green, safe, and accessible public parks and open space throughout Boston. The department is responsible for 217 parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, two golf courses, 65 squares, 17 fountains, 75 game courts, 16 historic and three active cemeteries, urban wilds, four High School athletic fields, and approximately 125,000 trees, all covering 2,346 acres, 1,000 of which comprise the historic Emerald Necklace. Parks and Recreation is also responsible for more than 35,000 street trees.
ABOUT THE OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture is a City agency that enhances the quality of life, the economy, and the design of the City through the arts. The role of the arts in all aspects of life in Boston is reinforced through equitable access to arts and culture in every community, its public institutions, and public places. Key areas of work include support to the cultural sector through grants and programs, support of cultural facilities and artist workspace, as well as the care and commissioning of art in public places.