How Culture and Creativity Build Power in Communities of Color

  • Starts4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022
  • Ends5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Amid Boston’s development boom, communities of color are grappling with maintaining and amplifying their identity. Questions of who belongs to places — and to whom places belong — will determine the future of the city. Facing rapid change, community leaders are leveraging culture and creativity as strategies for placekeeping, and for sharing belonging, wellness, and joy.

Join the Boston University Initiative on Cities, BU Arts Initiative, and BU City Planning & Urban Affairs Program for a discussion with Boston’s community leaders to explore the impact that culture and creativity make in places:

Tania Fernandes Anderson, Boston City Councilor, District 7; former Executive Director, Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets

Michael Monestime, Business Strategy and Development, Morningside Real Estate Group, Founding partner of Starlight Square

Anita Morson-Matra, Creative Entrepreneur and Founder, Baldwin in the Park & Nubian Nights

Moderated by F. Philip Barash, City Planning and Urban Affairs Program, Boston University

This event was part of a series on Race, Place, and Space, co-hosted by the IOC, the BU Arts Initiative, and BU Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). The series explores the ways in which racial and ethnic groups access, inhabit, occupy, shape, and are memorialized in urban contexts—as well as the ways their contemporary and historical contributions have been made invisible, disregarded, or denigrated.

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