Sep 19, 2020 - Jul 26, 2021
presented by Linda Cabot and produced in partnership with
After much deliberation, we have come to a decision to reschedule Sea Walls Boston from the original project dates to 2021. With Boston and the USA still experiencing high numbers of daily COVID-19 cases, September is most likely a risky start date. Attempting to pushing it further into the year will be impossible due to Boston’s harsh winter conditions. We continue to follow the latest developments on the pandemic across the country and the world and are prepared to make any additional changes, as required.
There are so many uncertainties surrounding the impact of the COVID-19, including international and domestic travel restrictions, public event protocols, and generally, when life will possibly return to a new normal. What we do know is that the safety of our artists and the communities we paint in is of utmost importance. Thank you for your understanding and please know we remain committed to making Sea Walls Boston a reality in 2021.
We are excited to host the first Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project to take place in the Northeast region of the United States: Boston, Massachusetts. Our team of local, regional, and international artists will gather in East Boston next July. We will create a series of culturally sensitive public artworks that raise environmental awareness and add vibrancy to a community under threat of major coastal flooding and storm surge.
The public artworks will serve as educational tools and conversation-starters throughout the project and beyond. Addressing marine environmental issues relevant and of importance to the local community, our goal is to ignite ownership for the sustainability of natural resources and the preservation of our neighborhood.
We’ve 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, kite surfing — playing, learning and exploring.
Across the globe, our Sea Walls projects have a grassroots spirit and are made possible by local communities and businesses coming together to support a common cause.
For Sea Walls Boston, presenting sponsor Linda Cabot has made a $50,000 Challenge Grant. For every gift made up to $100,000, Linda will increase the power of each gift by 50%.
For example, with Linda’s match, a $1,000 donation will bring $1,500. Linda is a lifelong ocean advocate, sailor, and founder of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, a nonprofit that challenges students to explore issues impacting the oceans through art.
You too can be a part of this movement by supporting this groundbreaking project.
East Boston, one of Boston’s most vulnerable communities to the impacts of flooding and increased heat, is the destination for Sea Walls Boston in 2021. 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.
Community Engagement & Environmental Resilience Strategist
Director of Operations
Director of Community Partnerships