Boston is a vibrant and diverse city. Being America’s city of the firsts – the first public park, the first public school, the first subway system, the first social media network (home of Facebook) – Boston has been at the forefront of innovation and improvement not only in the USA, but in the whole world. Due to its commitment to exceptional education and because it’s such a strategically and historically important port, Boston tends to have its other exceptional aspects overlooked. Sometimes, the focus Boston puts on arts and culture can fall into this category. However, Boston is a marvelous hub of different artistic expressions, numerous places that display and nurture arts as well as an abundance of organizations and foundations that support it.
Some of the places that are great representations of the quality artistic experiences Boston can offer to any person include:
- Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Founded as early as 1870, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston attracts over 1.2m visitors every year. And that’s no surprise, especially knowing that it is home for 450, 000 works of art – a number that implies a multiple day visit and long hours of exploration. It contains some very significant historical artifacts, such as sculptures and sarcophagi from the ancient Egypt, extremely significant paintings ranging from those created in the spirit of the ancient Chinese tradition to French impressionist and post-impressionist works as well as impressive collections of poetry and books.
- The Institute of Contemporary Art. It is no coincidence that contemporary art has such strong standing in Boston – the city is known to put a lot of emphasis on forward-looking approaches to life and innovation. Founded in 1936 with its current home built in 2006, it focuses a lot on promoting works of emerging artists and offering them a foundation from which they could build their international recognition – a sign of understanding how important new voices and forms of artistic expression are in today’s world.
- Boston Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra is one of the “Big Five” – five major orchestras in the USA, which already says a lot. It was founded in 1881 and plays most of its concerts at Boston’s Symphony Hall – a U.S. National historic landmark and one of the top three concert halls in the world. That combined with the exceptional skill and talent of the musicians who perform there, and it becomes evident that if you decide to pay a visit, you are in for an evening you will never forget.
People who come together to nurture art are as important as those who offer possibilities to display it. Boston is rich in organizations and foundations who have allocated their resources and time in helping up-and-coming as well as established artists in Boston gain recognition and be heard. Boston Center for the Arts, a nonprofit visual and performing arts complex, Barr Foundation, a private foundation with programs promoting arts and creativity, climate, and education, as well as the Boston City’s Department of Arts and Culture all share an art-fostering spirit and are crucial for making sure art in Boston flourishes.