“We are very specifically concerned with the magnitude of the [international refugee] crisis and how many people are displaced. We’re talking about a global issue. But it’s important to connect back to Boston,” Hirsch tells me. “We’re a city of immigrants in a country of immigrants.”
Mayor Marty Walsh announced in a statement earlier this week that 10 locals have been chosen for the nine-month residency supported by Boston AIR. The artists will help develop ways to improve Boston by promoting the presence of art and culture in everyday life.
“Arts and culture form the building blocks that make our city thrive,” Walsh said in the statement. “They encourage us to engage with each other and connect to the larger community.”
“Almost two years ago to the day, a crowd gathered around under overcast, rainy skies to witness Russell’s statue get unveiled in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The bust in his honor was the first phase of the Bill Russell Legacy Project, which aims to honor Russell’s contributions as a player, a human rights advocate and a mentor to young children in the Boston community. On Wednesday afternoon, ahead of Boston’s season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, Phase Two of the project was unveiled amid similarly dreary weather.”