King Boston Embrace Ideas Festival Schedule – NBC Boston
King Boston will host a week-long festival next month grounded in arts, culture and public scholarship amplifying anti-racism and a vision for a transformed Boston.
First held in the week leading up to the June 16 holiday weekend, with official streaming partners NBC10 Boston and GBH, the Embrace Ideas festival will challenge community members to imagine and build a city worthy of his community.
“We want to leave an imprint on the city of Boston by creating a place where all residents can come together and celebrate Boston’s rich culture, people and ideas that deserve to be amplified and uplifted,” said Imari Paris Jeffries. , executive director of King Boston. “Through arts and culture, the first Embrace Ideas Festival will connect, educate and energize our communities to help cultivate the vision of a ‘New Boston’.”
King Boston invites the community to reflect on their role in the festival theme “Building A New Boston Together”, welcoming people from all walks of life to five days of embracing music, art, culture, ideas , the joy and the presence of being surrounded by each other.
Festival lineup, panelists and notable attendees should include:
- Monday, June 13: This is not a zero-sum game
- Organized by: The Boston Foundation
- Keynote: Author Heather McGhee; Boston Foundation President Dr. Lee Pelton
- With: Dr. April Inniss, Director of Community Research at King Boston
- Social Time Artist: Greg Groover Jr. Jazz Quartet
- Tuesday, June 14: How health care can heal us
- Hosted by: Harvard Medical School
- Keynote: Michael Curry, President, CEO of Mass League of Community Health Centers; Jeneé Osterheldt, culture columnist at the Boston Globe
- With: Dr. Thea James, Boston Medical Center; Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, Carequest; and Dr. Joan Reede, Harvard Medical School.
- Social Time Artist: Kaovanny
- Wednesday, June 15: The saving power of culture
- Organized by: The Institute of Contemporary Art
- Keynote: Imari Paris Jeffries, Executive Director of King Boston; Hank Willis Thomas, concept artist; Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art
- With: Andrés Holder, Boston Children’s Chorus; Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs; Michael Bobbitt, Mass Cultural Council; Sheena Collier, Boston All Black; and Gregory Ball, director of digital strategy and production at King Boston.
- Social Time Artist: Real P
- Thursday, June 16: Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations
- Hosted by: WGBH
- Keynote: Tammy Tai, Assistant Manager of the King Boston; Kamm Howard, National Black Coalition for Reparations in America (N’COBRA)
- With: Dr. Jemadari Kamara, University of Massachusetts Boston; Sheryl Evans Davis, San Francisco Human Rights Commission; Dr. Amilcar Shabazz, Amherst African Heritage Reparation Assembly; and Robin Rue Simmons, FirstRepair.
- Social Time Artist: Amandi Music
- Friday, June 17: Equity, Freedom and the Future
- Organized by: Massachusetts College of Art and Design
- Keynote: Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, author and professor, Wellesley College; Latoyia Edwards, NBC10 Boston; and The Merchie Frazier, Museum of African American History.
On Day 5 of the festival, King Boston will honor former Mayor Kim Janey and Robert Lewis Jr., President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, with their first Embrace Award. Following the awards ceremony, King Boston will kick off the weekend of June 19 in the heart of Boston’s Nubian Square business district with The Embrace Ideas Block Party, which aims to celebrate artistic expression through a lively party. This evening of celebration will be a joyous night of dancing, music, community and delicious food provided by the best BIPOC-owned food trucks in the area.
“Thanks to all of our supporters and community members, we were able to turn this vision into reality,” said Paris Jeffries. “We look forward to seeing the Embrace Ideas Festival become a staple of Black excellence, creating a more equitable and inclusive city.”
Major event sponsors to date include: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Boston Foundation, GBH, Harvard Medical School, ICA, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Other official sponsors for the week of busy festivities include: BlackJoy, Black Market, Boston Ballet, Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston While Black, City of Boston, Cooley LLP, Deloitte, Huntington Theater Company, Jazz Urbane, Klaviyo, Merrimack Valley, ProjectStep, Roxbury Cultural District, State Street Corporation, United Way of Massachusetts Bay.
King Boston’s new Embrace Ideas Festival website will amplify its community of partners who will host pre- and post-event conference activities throughout the week. These community partners will help King Boston fuel other June 19 festivities, including an effort to distribute small grants.
Customers can purchase tickets, which will be released in waves, for a single day on a sliding scale from $0 to $25, or an all-week pass for $75.
For ticket sales and more information about the Festival, please visit the Embrace Ideas Festival website.