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 their neighborhoods 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

MIT and Harvard recognize the potential of art to enrich other fields of study and shape new ways of thinking; they’ve established a range of programs, initiatives, and partnerships to inform modes of exploration, knowledge, and discovery. Meet program leaders and experience how they inform innovation and development across disciplines.

Tour 3: Work It! Makers, Design, and Fashion
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Design Museum Boston is a new kind of museum focused on educating the world about design. Join us on 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 on a tour of Boston’s most progressive sites (including the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Fort Point Arts Community) for temporary public art. We’ll review the risk-taking curatorial decisions, the advantages and problems of private/public partnerships, and fundraising models these organizations are utilizing.
Tour 5: Urban Renewal Revisited: Planning and the Arts
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Boston used urban renewal to radically reshape the city. Through the use of eminent domain, portions of the historic Back Bay, South End and Downtown were lost. Explore these places to see how they are activated 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
Explore the nation’s first official literary district, as well as venues for literary programming featuring contemporary writers. Home to the second largest library in the United States, the Boston Literary District makes the literary visible, drawing attention to authors, enriching the lives of readers, and increasing literary tourism in Boston.
Tour 7: Arts and Healing: Classroom to Doctor’s Office
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Join artist and healthcare providers from the Boston Arts Consortium for Health and meet the creative arts team at Boston Children's Hospital. At the MFA, learn about the Visual Thinking Strategies course offered to museum staff, doctors and medical students to promote humanism and empathy in our next generation of healers.
Tour 8: The Role of Civic Practice in Social Justice Conversations
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Building on Design Studio for Social Intervention’s Public Kitchen and Dance Court, this immersive tour/activity/performance explores civic practice in social justice conversations. The tour functions as a real experience wherein participants eat, dance, and explore Roxbury and an imaginative canvas to create new, more vibrant social infrastructures.
Tour 9: Collective Impact in the Fenway Cultural District
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Join the Fenway Alliance and members of the Fenway Cultural District in exploring the City of Boston's first cultural district. Visit iconic cultural institutions and hear from members of the District on how they use collective strength to enrich the economic and aesthetic well-being of the community.
Tour 10: Incubating Voices: Radio and Creative Youth Development in the Modern World
Saturday, June 18, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Meet organizations using radio as an empowering platform for youth voice, community engagement, and cultural diversity: GRLZ Radio, a youth leadership/employment initiative; Emerson College’s student-run radio stations and Civic Engagement Lab; and ZUMIX, where youth use music, creative technology, and radio to change their lives, communities, and the world.