by Puloma Ghosh
This past year, Boston has began what we hope will be a new era in arts and culture. Julie Burros enters the scene as Boston's first Chief of Arts & Culture in 20 years, and after extensive research and discussion with artists, arts organizations, and the public, the City of Boston has finally announced a new Cultural Plan known as Boston Creates.
But with this new plan comes a lot of questions.
Wednesday night we sat down with Julie Burros to finally hear it in person: What is the future of Boston arts?
Jen Mergel, the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, moderated a Q&A with Burros. Here are the key takeaways from their talk:
The Civic Role of Art
Both Mergel and Burros agree that the arts are a social good, an essential part of education, public health, and social and personal well-being. It has impact and value, in recovery, in expressions of culture. Arts and culture is about preserving and reinventing identity. This is part of the goal of the Cultural Plan: Coming to an understanding and appreciation of the goal of art in the city of Boston.