Project Director Sea Walls Boston
September 1-20, 2020
presented by Linda Cabot and produced in partnership with
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. 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.
In the wake of COVID-19, the Sea Walls Boston team has listened to our community and has received a lot of positive feedback that East Boston still wants to see new public art installed this year. Now more than ever, there is no better way to bring light to the community than to add fresh, bright colors to the neighborhood during an extraordinarily difficult time.
Sea Walls Boston 2020 will kick off on September 1st with 5 ocean-themed murals, painted by local ARTivists:
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.
Sea Walls Boston 2020 runs through September 20th in conjunction with Eastie Week. Above and beyond the murals, Sea Walls Boston will bring you a collection of virtual educational programs including artist talks, panelist “conversations” hosted by Boston Harbor Now, and family activities like a Coloring Companion that will engage kids with the murals being painted in their neighborhood.
Sea Walls Boston is working diligently to ensure that the program keeps artists, volunteers, and the community safe, following the guidelines from the State of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, and the CDC.
Stay tuned for a wealth of opportunities for the community to get involved and learn more about how you can become a steward of our oceans.
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.
Painted in Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina and the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway
Uplifting our neighborhood during challenging times with a bright new splash of colors
To empower our community to become better stewards of our oceans
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, kite surfing — playing, learning and exploring.
Project Director Sea Walls Boston
Director of Operations
Community Engagement & Environmental Resilience Strategist
Ground Operations Manager
Production Team Manager
Videographer & Photographer
Director of Community Partnerships