Join us for an in-depth look at some of the challenges and opportunities faced by East Boston residents and their representatives, including the creation of living-wage jobs, concerns about transportation, and the need for expanded civic and recreational spaces, health care facilities, and schools. Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards is joined by local community organizers for a discussion of the impacts of housing uncertainty and redevelopment in East Boston. Speakers include Gloribell Mota, Co-Director and Lead Coordinator for Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, an organization focused on advocating for inclusive democratic processes and just public policies to create a vibrant economy and environment for all East Boston, as well as organizers from City Life / Vida Urbano, a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power.

…first in thought, then in action
The ICA invited Boston-based artist, organizer, and educator Anthony Romero to create …first in thought, then in action, a project that expands ideas, questions, and provocations beyond the museum’s walls. Romero has developed the project over the past year, with a focus on East Boston, organizing a series of listening sessions and community gatherings to collect local histories of activism, migration, and displacement from East Boston perspectives. At the ICA, he premieres a new sculpture and sound piece as well as a corresponding series of public talks, conversations, and performances with local organizers and community members that touch on gentrification, housing, and displacement.


Anthony Romero’s …first in thought, then in action is supported, in part, by Robert Nagle, a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.