ARTventure Tours

Go on, get out of the hotel and experience the incredible variety of art and culture throughout Boston first-hand!

ARTventure Tours are a great opportunity to dig into the art all around you. These special off-site, educational tours are available to all Convention attendees and are designed to showcase the artistic successes of our beautiful host city.

Each ARTventure has a maximum capacity of 40 persons. Please sign up early to reserve your spot!

ARTventure Tours require an additional fee of $40 per person. Based on availability, Convention attendees are allowed to bring a maximum of two guests.

ARTventure Tours will take place on Saturday afternoon, departing the Convention headquarters hotel on foot or by bus (depending on the tour) at 1:30 p.m.

Please note: If you do not wish to participate in an ARTventure, there will also be Convention programming during this period.

Tour 1: Placekeeping: Protecting Cultural Vitality Amidst Rapid Gentrification
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Downtown Boston - including residential neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Bay Village - is changing rapidly; see how different types of institutions maintain the cultural vitality of the place in one of the most gentrified cities in the country.

Tour 2: Creative Problem-Solving at MIT and Harvard
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Take advantage of two of the great educational institutions in the country to explore how the arts are being used to tackle some of the pressing problems of today and tomorrow.

Tour 3: Work It! Makers, Design, and Fashion
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join Design Museum Boston for a tour of Boston sites and organizations at the forefront of design innovation. From nonprofits, to startups, to academic institutions, see Boston's creative ecosystem up close.

Tour 4: Private Parks and Public Art
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join Now and There's Kate Gilbert on a tour of Boston's most progressive sites for temporary public art and learn how private/public partnerships are creating enlivening public spaces. We'll review the risk-taking curatorial decisions and fundraising models these organizations are taking and how the reward of exhibiting contemporary artworks is creating a virtuous cycle of increased audiences and further funding. The tour will include stops at The Lawn on D's D Street ArtLAB, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Fort Point Arts Community.

Tour 5: Urban Renewal Revisited: Planning and the Arts
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In the 1950's and 60's Boston used the tools of urban renewal to radically reshape portions of the city with bold new architectural and artistic ideas. Through the use of eminent domain, portions of the historic city were razed and replaced for new buildings, plazas, and infrastructure. Today we'll explore some of these places in the Back Bay, the South End, and the downtown to see how they're are activated today as spaces for arts and culture with mixed success.

Tour 6: Exploring Boston’s Literary Cultural District
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This tour will highlight some of the historical literary sites in the nation's first official literary district, including the Boston Public Library (the largest library in the U.S. after the Library of Congress), as well as venues for literary programming featuring contemporary writers. Literary pursuits represent only 6 percent of NEA grants, but the Boston Literary District makes the literary visible, drawing attention to authors, enriching the lives of readers (and potential readers), and increasing literary tourism in Boston, which brings increased revenues to restaurants and other area businesses.

Tour 7: Arts and Healing: Classroom to Doctor’s Office
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join members of the Boston Arts and Healing Community (BAHC) for a taste of the broad range of arts and healing activities going on in our institutions. We'll start with a tour of the newly renovated Children's Hospital Boston to see how environmental art can add to a sense of healing and community. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion by members of BACH, from music therapists at Berklee College of Music to arts and healing experts from Young Audiences of Massachusetts, VSA Massachusetts and others. From there, we'll stroll through the Harvard Medical School to nearby Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for a "Training the Eye" session, a sample of the acclaimed course offered to Harvard Medical School students to promote humanism and empathy in our next generation of healers. The session will be led by artist/physician Dr. Joel Katz of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Corinne Zimmermann, director of Visitor Learning.

Tour 8: The Role of Civic Practice in Social Justice Conversations
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The arts are a powerful tool in advancing conversations around social justice -- a topic that is top of mind across the country now. See examples of the arts in action in this tour.

Tour 9: Collective Impact in the Fenway Cultural District
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Working together for the betterment of a community through arts and culture -- take this tour if you're interested in learning more about how to ensure a healthy and impactful relationship between arts and culture and those living in a designated cultural district.

Tour 10: Incubating Voices: Radio and Creative Youth Development in the Modern World
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Massachusetts is one of the shining examples of the Creative Youth Development movement, and this Artventure will show you why! Get hands on and explore how creative youth development can be supported in your community.