Celebrate Rose Kennedy Greenway art and talk to the artists at their season kickoff party

Plus see live music performances, eat at food trucks, and more.

The new mural by the Greenway puts the focus on its text.
–David L Ryan / The Boston Globe

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If you haven’t had a chance to see the new public art installations on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, you can view them all and get a chance to talk to the artists at the free Greenway’s Public Art Season Kickoff Celebration this Thursday, May 19.

Between 5 and 8 p.m., the entire length of the Greenway—from Chinatown to the North End—will be celebration central, featuring performances by student groups from Berklee College and Boston University, a Kung Fu demonstration, food trucks, activities like a pop-up art cart and a mobile pottery truck, and meet-and-greets with four of the Greenway’s featured artists.


The Greenway currently features six separate public art pieces: Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animal Heads, Don Kennell’s Monkey See, Gianna Stewart’s Midden, Matthew Hoffman’s May This Never End, Carolina Aragón’s High Tide, and the Dewey Square mural A Translation From One Language to Another by Lawrence Weiner. Kennell, Stewart, Hoffman, and Aragón will all hang around the Greenway Thursday evening to meet park visitors and talk about their pieces.

Boston Calling Block Parties also take over Dewey Square on the Greenway every Thursday throughout the summer, sponsored by RadioBDC (a property of Boston.com). During the public art kickoff celebration this Thursday, Boston band The Almighty Buck will perform as part of the block party; that event, which will take place simultaneously, also has free admission along with free lawn games and $4 beer and wine for those 21 and over.

This Thursday also marks the formal launch of the Greenway’s PlayCubes in Chinatown Park to keep your kids entertained.

“Our public art program continues to grow and we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate each of this year’s new installations with a free celebration that leads visitors throughout the entire Greenway,” said Jesse Brackenbury, Greenway Conservancy executive director, in a statement. “Thursday’s event will simulate several of our 300-plus free annual events, all at once.”


See a full schedule of events and map of the Greenway here.

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