MetaMovements presents the Rueda De Casino, or the Wheel of Salsa, at the Charlestown Navy Yard. As its name implies, it is salsa danced in the round by multiple couples. Created in the 1950s by young people in the Havana social club Casino Deportivo, this energetic dance form showcases Cuban history through dance and music.


LifeMix Productions

Streets are talking, but what are they saying? Every neighborhood has a narrative, and Boston is rich with stories of history, culture, pain, and hope. One day before the official start of summer, LifeMix Productions set the scene for a hip-hop cypher, a storytelling circle where people of all ages learned about the sordid history of Roxbury’s streets and shared thoughts about how to create a brighter future.


A new chapter of ExpressingBoston

After 18 months and more than 2o “cultural flash mobs” to represent some of the more than 140 ethnic communities in the city of Boston, ExpressingBoston is beginning another chapter to bring art to public spaces across the city through a new round of public art interventions. 

With a desire to better support and connect artists who are activating public spaces across the city, and specifically within the Fairmount Cultural Corridor, the Boston Foundation has partnered with the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) to build on past work and create an ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellowship.

As many as 10 artists will be awarded nine-month fellowships with DS4SI through the ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellowship program. These artists will foster a community of practice between October 2014 and June 2015. The fellowship is aimed at supporting artists in thinking through and testing new ways to do their art practice in public spaces, in ways that increase the authority which artists and community members feel to activate public spaces in their neighborhoods.  Artists will receive a stipend of $5,000 and up to $2,000 for materials for their engagement in this residency.

Greater detail on the ExpressingBoston Public Art Fellowship program, as well as application instructions, can be found at the Call to Artists. Applications must be submitted through the provided online application platform and are due August 4, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.

The performances of the past 18 months will continue to have a home here and on the Boston Foundation YouTube channel – and we look forward to the new round of public art.

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Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Traditionally, Chinese Lion Dancing is performed for auspicious occasions by male martial artists, ostensibly due to the strength required to perform the movements, and denied to women. But on May 10, women and children of the Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion Dance Troupe, along with participants from the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), paraded around Boston Women’s Memorial in Back Bay to showcase the traditional art form. They invited those passing by to join in the experience of this cultural art form of lion dancing, drumming and colorful costumes, while celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of the city.

Gund Kwok was founded 15 years ago to recognize the strength of Asian women and to empower them to push beyond the physical and mental limits.


Hispanic Black Gay Coalition

Students from the Gay-Straight Alliance at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and “vogue” dancers from the community hosted a cultural flash mob inside the Dorchester school on Friday, December 20. The flash mob, which featured vogue dance moves that originated in the gay Black culture of Harlem, told a story of diversity, acceptance, inclusion, and pride–particularly of those who are Black and LGBTQ. The intricate, flashy, and highly expressive dances were meant to communicate true stories of harassment and discrimination as well as the triumph of overcoming homophobia and racism.


Steppin’ in the Bean

Chicago Style Steppin’ arrived in Boston just a decade ago, but Steppin’ in the Bean is ensuring it never leaves. Steppin’ In The Bean of Boston, led by Step Bro A.W. Taqwa, joined with The Red Velvet Steppers of Cambridge to present a flash mob in Dudley Square, warming up a chilly March day with a Chicago Style showcase. The dancers were flanked by The New England Soul Linedance Network, which showcased Soul Linedancing, another part of the Chicago Style Steppin’ scene.


OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, a nonprofit performance arts organization that uses innovative and culturally significant programming to promote self-esteem, physical fitness and civic responsibility among youth ages 3-18, has fused traditional African dance, Hip Hop and Contemporary Line Dances into a cultural flash mob.

This production elevates the connective thread that binds these three unique dance forms. The flash mob opens with an African dance, building excitement in the crowd. The second half of the performance includes two line dances that combine Hip Hop, African and Latin dance that were open to the public to join – and if you look closely, you’ll see a couple of people did…


Bomba Sankofa

Mozart Park in Jamaica Plain was the setting of a flash mob performance by Bomba Sankofa, a Boston-based performance group dedicated to preserving the culture of Puerto Rico through music. Sankofa uses Bomba – a genre of Afro-Puerto Rican folk music – to bridge cultures and create dialogues for multicultural understanding, healing and unity. The Oct. 6 “bombazo” in the park gave local residents the chance to enjoy and participate in the singing, dancing and music.


The Genki Spark

The Genki Spark lit up the Roslindale Village Main Street Farmer’s Market on Saturday, October 12th with their propulsive drumming, pounding out “There They Go” in rhythms they learned from the TAIKOPROJECT. Marketgoers got a chance to try out the drums and show off their own genki (Japanese for happy, healthy, vital and full of life) style.

The Genki Spark is a pan-Asian women’s group that uses the arts as a vehicle to celebrate cultural pride, develop leadership skills in women and girls and advance respect for all. Learn more at or


Interplay! Basil El Halwagy

Performance and dance students from Boston Latin Academy joined four gifted choreographers in Interplay!, a performance that explored competing human desires for growth, creativity, harmony and protest. Interplay!, staged at the Roxbury Crossing MBTA station on Oct. 5, featured visual artist Basil El Halwagy’s fine art superheroes–characters that come to life through wearable art.