Why East Boston
East Boston, one of Boston’s most vulnerable communities to the impacts of flooding and increased heat, is the destination for Sea Walls Boston. We believe East Boston’s vibrant tapestry of cultures, history, and environmental richness make it an ideal host location for a Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project.
Leveraging the local community and national partnerships, we will harness the universal language of public art to communicate locally relevant marine environmental issues and encourage positive action for our ocean. Through multilingual signage, outreach, and community engagement, we will make an intentional effort to diversify the conversation in regard to class, race, and age because we wholeheartedly believe that the environmental movement must be diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just. East Boston residents are majority-working-class and majority-immigrant with a significant number of non-English speakers. When climate change adds to the current woes of displacement, the most vulnerable have the least options to deal with the consequences of such complications on their lives.
We’ve also been hearing an outcry for more public art in the Boston region. With a compelling, new collection of murals and installations, we aim to put East Boston on the map of the international public art scene, enriching the lives of our local residents and serving as an exciting incentive for travelers and tourists to visit the region. The East Boston community holds a strong connection with the ocean, and along with adding a beautiful aesthetic to public spaces, these works communicate thought-provoking messages to our broad collection of water-based cultures: sailing, fishing, whale watching, boating, kiteboarding, surfing — playing, learning and exploring.