Public Programs

In keeping with the key themes and sparked by the Park's design, programs are offered in partnership and collaboration with civic, community, arts and cultural organizations. Several programs are supported by an endowed fund. All programs depend on the generosity of

gifts-in-kind and volunteers.

ABSTRACT SCULPTURE: ANNUAL RECONFIGURATION

Supported by the Park’s Charles & Doreen Bilezikian Endowed Fund

Integral to the Park’s design, the annual reconfiguration of the Abstract Sculpture is symbolic of the immigrant experience, all who pulled away or were forced to pull away from their country of origin and came to these Massachusetts shores, establishing themselves in new and different ways, contributing to the richness of American life and culture.

 

In early Spring, a crane lifts and pulls apart the two halves of the split rhomboid dodecahedron, made of steel and aluminum, to create a new sculptural shape.

 

...public art, permanent and alive...” – The Boston Globe

 

The Sculpture is dedicated to lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides that have followed.

GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE

During April, the Boston Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee plans the annual remembrance to “stand united against genocide not only the Armenian Genocide but all genocides that have occurred and are still taking place”.   Also, during April and planned by the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur, WALK AGAINST GENOCIDE features speakers at the New England Holocaust Memorial and Armenian Heritage Park.

 

NAJARIAN LECTURE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AT FANEUIL HALL

Supported by the K. George & Dr. Carolann S. Najarian Endowed Fund

In collaboration with academic and human rights institutions, the program’s intent is to advance understanding and increase awareness of the work of individuals and organizations so that we are more actively engaged.  The setting at Faneuil Hall recognizes the New England women and men who, beginning in the 1890s at Faneuil Hall, heard the eyewitness accounts of the atrocities taking place against the Armenian minority of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Distinguished Bostonians, among them Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Alice Stone Blackwell, heard these accounts and were called to action, moved to assist the Armenians.  As a result, the American Red Cross launched its first international mission with Clara Barton bringing aid to the Armenians. Philanthropists nationwide raised over $100 million in aid - America’s first internationally focused human rights movement.

WELCOME RECEPTION FOR NEW CITIZENS, FAMILIES & FRIENDS following their Naturalization Ceremony at Faneuil Hall

Supported by the Anna & Noubar Afeyan Endowed Fund

The festive celebration welcomes our newest citizens with live music, refreshments and gifts, and is offered in collaboration with organizations serving immigrants and refugees, Armenian Museum of America, The Bostonian Society, City of Boston, The Eliot K-8 Innovation School/Boston Public Schools, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Greenway Conservancy, Museum of Fine Arts, among others.

 

CELEBRATING WHAT UNITES US! monthly series

The two-part program is offered in collaboration with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Health & Human Services to celebrate the immigrant experience, contributions made to American life and culture in Art, Service, Science, Commerce, as etched around the Labyrinth’s Circle and to promote health and active living while building community and cross-cultural understanding. Each month highlights the country of origin of many Boston residents. At the Park, a community leader shares his/her immigrant experience followed by walking the labyrinth. At The KITCHEN, a chef demonstrates a signature dish for all to then enjoy for lunch. The program is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

 

CELEBRATE PUBLIC ART! annually during ArtWeek Boston
On the first Saturday of May, the two-part event features World Labyrinth Day: Walk as One, an initiative of The Labyrinth Society, followed by the Reception to View the New Configuration of the Abstract Sculpture, hosted by Eastern Lamejun Bakers and MEM Tea Imports. Remarks by a leader in Public Art.

 

"Public art is the way we express ourselves as a community 

— it’s the way we tell our story."

 Karin Goodfellow, Director, Public Art, City of Boston

 

LABYRINTH WALKING WELLNESS monthly series

Offered in collaboration with The Greenway Fitness program, leading experts introduce the benefits to walking a labyrinth, mindful meditation to improve one health and well-being.

 

TEA & TRANQUILITY monthly series

Late afternoons, May - October, offered in collaboration with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services to meet and greet, walk the labyrinth and enjoy ice teas and desserts.

UNDER THE MOON monthly series
Berklee College of Music Jazz Trio highlights both evenings. June’s Under the Strawberry Moon features Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, hosted by vicki lee’s and Under the August Moon features luscious signature tastings. Tie a ribbon with your wish on the Wishing Tree 

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR FAMILIES & FRIENDS
During September for all ages to meet & greet and enjoy live music, Hoodsies, face painting, tie a ribbon with your wish on the Wishing Tree and so much more.

 

CANDLELIT LABYRINTH WALK: IN PEACE & HARMONY

Early evening in December to celebrate, meet & greet, walk the candlelit labyrinth, tie a ribbon with your wish on the Wishing Tree and enjoy hot chocolate & cookies.

 

CURRICULUM - GEOMETRY AS PUBLIC ART: TELLING A STORY

The three-part curriculum, piloted and developed in partnership with The Eliot K-8 Innovation School, Boston Public Schools, sparks awareness of geometry as the creative expression of ideas and thoughts and engages students to share their own, their families’ or their ancestors’ immigrant experience.  MORE

 

CORPORATE & YOUTH: COMING TOGETHER: AT THE PARK

The program celebrates what unites and connects us by sharing the immigrant experience, coming together on common ground. For corporations, organizations, schools, agencies and youth groups, the program's duration is 30-45 minutes depending on the composition, size of the group.

 

For further information, please email hello@ArmenianHeirtagePark.org or call 617.803.8785.

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