By Scott Kearnan | October 5, 2015 | Culture
The top ten mavericks, marvels, and moments to make you fall truly, madly, deeply in love with Boston all over again.
The spirit of Boston has always been about the here and now. It’s the awareness that dreams can be achieved, but the future can never be controlled. But we sure can try. After all, this is where patriots in three-cornered hats and tea party protestors spurred America’s birth. Today it’s our state-of-theart laboratories, sleek corporate think tanks, and hallowed halls of academia where forward-thinking revolutionaries are building a new global future of life-saving medicines, world-changing technologies, and life-enhancing consumer products that our forefathers could never have imagined. That revolutionary spirit continues to triumph. Two years ago, professional ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her left leg below the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing. This year, she fox-trotted across the fi nish line. With that in mind, in the pages that follow, we salute the legends, leaders, visionaries, and moments that have defined our city in the last 10 years and keep Boston strong... and dancing.
The lights of the Prudential Center cheer the hometown team in the 2013 World Series.
1. CeltiCs win 2008 nBA title
After two decades of stall ball, our lean green machine— still pro basketball’s leading franchise— scored a record-extending 17th championship. Swish.
2. Bruins tAke 2011 stAnley Cup
Black-and-gold’s deep freeze thawed. This frst Stanley since ’72 ensured that Boston would end the aughties with championships in every Big Four sport.
3. pAtriots rAlly to win super Bowl XliX
Sorry, haters. The hot air behind the so-called Defategate scandal can’t overshadow rookie Malcolm Butler’s awe-inspiring, game-saving interception.
4. FenwAy pArk turns 100
Sox alumni spanning the eras reunited for Fenway’s 2012 centennial. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it remains Boston’s beloved backyard.
5. Golden Girls shine
At london 2012 Inspiring local athletes stole the Olympic spot-light. Needham’s Aly Raisman, 18, captained the women’s gymnastics team to victory; Marblehead’s Kayla Harrison, 22, became the frst American to win gold in judo.
6. shAq joins the CeltiCs
The towering legend chose Boston as the place to play his fnal season, 2010-11. But we’ll best remember the jolly green giant’s quirky off-court appearances (like conducting the Pops) as his true high-fves to the Hub.
7. BiG pApi sAlutes “our City”
David Ortiz’s post–Marathon bombing speech wasn’t memorable merely for its infamous expletive, but also for its refreshing honesty and refusal to be cowed.
8. winter ClAssiC Comes to Boston
2010 started right when the NHL’s outdoor series featured a Bruins win at Fenway Park. Next: the Bruins vs. the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium on January 1, 2016.
9. the CeltiCs’ new “BiG 3” emerGe
Bird, McHale, and Parish, meet Allen, Garnett, and Pierce. Times change, and so do uniforms. But once in a while, a new triumvirate of talent appears on the scene.
10. red soX 2013 world series ViCtory
Fight and faith: You’ll need both to survive as a Boston sports fan, and the 2013 World Series win by the Red Sox is a case in point. In the midst of a best-ever decade for Boston teams, the Sox momentarily sunk to last place in the league, before rising to champion the very next year, clinching a World Series at Fenway Park for the frst time since 1918. Those cinematic stories don’t happen in other cities, but in Boston they’re our regular reminders: Everything is possible.
A robotic cheetah from MIT’s Biomimetics Robotics Lab in Killian Court.
1. Omid FarOkhzad
The director of Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s nanomedicine lab catalyzes multiple multimillion-dollar start-ups with his research, which seeks to transform drug delivery with particles that target disease at the molecular level.
2. Brian halligan
The HubSpot cofounder and CEO’s $1 billion software company, newly public, revolutionized content marketing and helped put Cambridge on the map as a hot spot for tech (as well as science) start-ups.
3. JOi itO
MIT Media Labs’ director, a star among the cyber elite, helms the university’s innovation armory while launching a litany of Next Big Things (like Kickstarter) through angel investment.
4. Julie Shah
Ranked among the world’s top innovators under 35, she pioneers the technology behind human-robot interactions, driving smarter cooperative work in manufacturing, surgery, and even space exploration.
5. JOhn harthOrne
He founded MassChallenge, one of the world’s largest start-up accelerators, which has churned out hundreds of entrepreneurs and poured bright-burning fuel on Boston’s innovation culture.
6. katie rae
The Microsoft vet launched the Startup Institute Boston and Project 11 (an angel investment frm) and directs the Boston outpost of the mentorship-based accelerator TechStars. Her reach: immeasurable.
7. helen greiner
The iRobot founder led her Bedford-based company to a $75 million IPO in ’05; now this Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship heads up CyPhyWorks, developing consumer and military drones.
8. BOhdan POmahac
He led the team that performed the country’s frst full face transplant, making Brigham and Women’s Hospital America’s leader in a still-new, incredibly complex surgery that heals physical and emotional scars.
9. rOBert langer
Considered the most cited engineer in history, the endlessly lauded Langer established his biomedical research lab at MIT. It’s one of the world’s largest and has made countless groundbreaking contributions to drug delivery and tissue engineering.
10. BOB WeinBerg
He discovered the frst human cancer-causing gene and continues to pioneer oncological innovation through affliations like his world-renowned Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.
Erin Dunn celebrates as the state Legislature upholds marriage equality in 2008.
1. MAssAcHuseTTs WelcOMes sAMe-sex MArriAge
It took several years for the Bay State to battle back opposition to a landmark 2004 court ruling, but our first-in-the-country status proved a pioneering step for eventual nationwide marriage equality. GLAD attorney Mary Bonauto, who led the legal fight in Massachusetts, also successfully argued the case in front of the Supreme Court this summer. Love won—again.
2. THe pAssing OF Ted Kennedy And TOM MeninO
We grieved the loss of the liberal lion of the US Senate, one of the country’s longest-serving senators, as well as Boston’s transformational, longest-serving mayor. We’ll never stop celebrating their immeasurable contributions—immortalized in Menino’s memoir, Mayor for a New America, published mere weeks before his death, and in the just-opened Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, where his widow, Victoria Kennedy, serves as president of the board of directors.
3. THe rise OF MiTT rOMney And elizABeTH WArren
They sit on opposite sides of the aisle but had similarly rapid ascents to the top of their respective parties’ national MVP lists. Both have denied that they’ll run for president in 2016, although plenty of people concerned about the prospect of a Trump or Clinton presidency still hope to see them drafted as substitute candidates.
4. JOHn Kerry cliMBs HigHer
Our longtime senator nearly bested George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, then stumped for Obama before becoming a quietly effective secretary of state. With his term winding down, he brokered a historic deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program; the agreement has been divisive, but it’s a testament to the Beacon Hill fixture’s skill and resolve.
5. THe Big dig is cOMpleTed
It was long (16 years). It was expensive (about $24.3 billion, making it the most costly highway project in US history). It was clumsily executed. But the massive public-works project that rerouted stifling I-93 traffic underground is now finally finished, and though its efficacy is still being measured, we think it was worth it.
6. THe BOsTOn MArATHOn BOMBing
We mourned the loss of life and the permanent physical and emotional wounds. But what we’ll remember most are the stories of brave survivors and the experience of a city united in solidarity and strength. Firmly putting the past behind us, this winter the nonprofit One Fund Boston, founded in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, is expected to dissolve after having distributed nearly $80 million to more than 200 victims and their families.
7. Massachusetts healthcare reforM
No matter where you stand on mandated coverage, there’s no doubt that the successful implementation of universal healthcare here was a model for national policy. Still, recent reports that Massachusetts’s healthcare costs have risen by 4.8 percent may reignite local and countrywide conversations about a controversial program.
8. Whitey Bulger convicted
A 16-year manhunt for one of the FBI’s most-wanted fugitives finally came to an end—and the elusive Irish mobster, who presided over the iron-fisted Winter Hill Gang during its most notorious years, is now serving a life sentence. This month sees the Southie-rooted saga immortalized in the movie Black Mass, with Johnny Depp already earning early Oscar buzz for his ballsy, tour de force performance as Bulger.
9. casinos coMe to Massachusetts
The Expanded Gaming Act opened the door to Vegas-style resorts that are betting big on the Bay State. So far the verdict is mixed: Massachusetts’s first casino, which debuted in Plainville in June, hit the jackpot with $18 million in revenue in its first month, but opposition to other sites, like a proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs, could move the issue to the ballot box.
10. Medical Marijuana legalized
Implementation has been slow going, but the state’s first dispensary finally opened this year, offering the drug for therapeutic use. Could this be a harbinger of increased liberalization? Two separate advocacy groups are now working to put the legalization of recreational marijuana on the statewide ballot in 2016.
Pasta Bolognese, a speciality at Lynch’s restaurant Sportello
1. Michael schloW
The ever-evolving bicoastal chef has cooked up some of Boston’s best, like the late, great, expense-account-friendly Radius. His Greek restaurant, Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, opens this fall.
2. jasper White
The local legend dumped fne dining to launch the seafood shanty–style Summer Shack restaurants in 2000, successfully anticipating a trending casual movement that continues industrywide.
3. lydia shire
The fame-haired toque is a history maker, the frst woman to helm several kitchens— including the late, legendary Locke-Ober. She’s still as hot as ever at Scampo.
4. Ming tsai
Although famed for fabulous Asian- Western fusion at Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon, the WGBH personality is also a force in the industry for food allergy awareness.
5. frank Mcclelland
L’Espalier’s longstanding chef remains uncompromising in his commitment to white-tablecloth refnement and local sourcing—including products from his own organic Apple Street Farm in Essex.
6. ken oringer
Uni, Clio, Toro, Coppa: The restaurateur’s local résumé is an all-star array, while the smoking-hot spinoff Toro NYC took a bite out of the Big Apple.
7. jaMie MaMMano
Besides being the reason for Mistral’s meteoric impact on Boston’s fne dining, Mammano is the quiet power behind all of Columbus Hospitality Group’s high-end hits, including Teatro, Sorellina, and Ostra.
8. jody adaMs
The James Beard Award–winning chef steers Rialto and Trade to continued smash success. On the philanthropic side, she raises thousands annually for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by biking the Pan-Mass Challenge.
9. joanne chang
The enterprising pastry chef ditched corporate drudgery for the kitchen, launching the Flour Bakery + Cafe chain (plus the Asian eatery Myers+Chang) and authoring cookbooks. Ah, sweet success.
10. BarBara lynch
She’s North America’s sole female Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef and only the second woman to win a James Beard Award for outstanding restaurateur. A scrappy Southie upbringing bred a culinary powerhouse who now has national infuence and esteem for her restaurants— from the Beacon Hill icon No. 9 Park to Fort Point’s haute Menton—and, via her eponymous foundation, for her urban youth-empowering philanthropy.
The Institute of Contemporary Art created a dazzling new landmark and helped revitalize the Seaport.
1. The InsTITuTe of ConTemporary arT
When it opened in 2006, Boston’s first new art museum building in nearly a century was simple but dazzling: a 65,000-square-foot cube of metal and opaque glass, its cantilevered galleries stretching toward the stunning harbor horizon. But most spectacular was its catalyzing effect on the nascent revitalization of the Seaport, now an explosive, exciting neighborhood.
2. mandarIn orIenTal
The neighborhood’s streetscape needed new blood. Then along came this Eastern-inflected luxury hotel, its sleek façade contemporizing—yet in concert with—Brahmin-era Back Bay. Besides its 148 five-star guest rooms, the Mandarin houses a restaurant from chef Daniel Boulud, one of the few eateries in Boston associated with a true international culinary superstar.
3. The fenway
Red Sox fever stoked homerun developments, from high-end condos to sleek commercial space, transforming Fenway into a vibrant year-round neighborhood. The once-barren Boylston Street side of the ’hood now has Top Chef restaurants (series star Tiffani Faison’s Sweet Cheeks Q and Tiger Mama) and a still-growing luxury condo scene: The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved construction of a 30-story glass tower with 349 units. It’s a whole new ball game.
4. mIllennIum parTners’ downTown developmenT
Millennium spurred Downtown Crossing’s decade-long reinvigoration: opening The Ritz-Carlton, restoring faded theater façades, and restructuring the skyline with Millennium Place and Millennium Tower, Boston’s soon-to-be third-tallest building. For those who still remember the Combat Zone, the emergence of Broadway-caliber theaters, fine dining, and luxury residences in a onceblighted downtown is an improvement that can’t be overstated.
5. mfa’s arT of The amerICas wIng
The $345 million expansion doubled the Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition space for work from the Americas, and it’s a beaut itself— especially the courtyard, a conservatorylike glass jewel box. The wing succeeds as a smartly unobtrusive contemporary complement to the museum’s original 1909 Beaux Arts building, allowing the works in its 53 new galleries— including the John Singer Sargent Archive, the most complete collection of the artist’s work—to remain the focal point.
6. Ink BloCk
This trio of slick, contemporary, high-end condo buildings complements the South End’s traditional brownstones while pushing the neighborhood’s hipness borderline further toward downtown. And that boundary could move again: Ink Block’s developer just purchased a 3,624-square-foot parcel at 217 Albany Street, and it’s ripe for even more residences or retail space.
7. The lIBerTy hoTel
We can’t take our eyes off this luxury hotel that reclaimed the bones of the former Charles Street Jail, anchored by a glamorous atrium lobby thumping with nightlife. From chef Lydia Shire’s contemporary Italian restaurant Scampo to weekly fashion shows that stomp across the Liberty’s catwalk, it’s a den of cool that makes the most of an ingenious architectural transformation.
8. massarT Tree house
The coolest residence hall in a college city, its green panels accent the eco-conscious building’s barklike exterior, enlivening a dreary strip of Huntington Avenue. They also recall its green design mission: Construction of the LEED-certified building utilized about 50 percent recycled material.
9. IsaBella sTewarT gardner’s renzo pIano BuIldIng
Its first major expansion in over 100 years, the $118 million, four-story triumph of steel, glass, and copper more than doubled the museum’s square footage. That it was designed by the renowned Italian architect— whose new facility for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York just debuted and whom Time magazine deemed one of the 100 most influential people in the world—was something of a coup for the Gardner and for Boston.
10. BruCe C. BollIng munICIpal BuIldIng
The city’s splendid $120 million transformation of a defunct Flatiron-style building in Dudley Square was about more than aesthetics. It’s a much-needed investment in an inner-city neighborhood. The 215,000-square-foot building, named for the first African American president of the Boston City Council, is now the headquarters of Boston Public Schools, and it’s sure to catalyze revitalization in the heart of Roxbury.
With an estimated worth of more than $300 million, Gisele Bu?ndchen is both beauty and breadwinner.
1. Gisele BÜndchen
The Hub is home to the highest-paid supermodel in the world, a one-person brand (estimated net worth: $340 million) frequently ranked among the most powerful women on the planet. Although she has scored as many headlines for her marriage to Tom Brady as for her runwaystomping successes, never forget: She’s the beauty and the breadwinner.
2. Marilyn riseMan
The vibrant octogenarian and Kabuki-faced society grande dame, who bequeathed her fashions to the Peabody Essex Museum, inspired Boston with inimitable style and ferce individualism.
3. riccardo dallai Jr.
This sharp-dressed son carries on the legacy of the celeb-frequented high-end boutique his father founded in 1978, still ahead of the curve in curating the best international designers.
4. deBi GreenBerG
Long live Louis Boston, her dearly departed, decades-spanning institution of high-end fashion retail, which anchored the Back Bay’s style scene before blazing trails in the Seaport.
5. Gretta Monahan
The cohost of TLC’s Brides Gone Styled has a photogenic face and a biz-whiz brain that masterminded her collection of boutiques, spas, and salons.
6. daniela corte
The Buenos Aires–born designer (and buzzing social butterfy) combines class with panache in her Back Bay atelier, particularly for in-demand resort and swimwear lines (Sports Illustrated, anyone?).
7. luke aaron
He’s young and fercely talented, and his South End bespoke bridal studio (also stitching ready-to-wear) has established him as Boston’s fastest-rising fashion star.
8. Jay calderin
The Boston Fashion Week founder has haute hopes as his September event enters its third decade, expanding initiatives like his designer mentorship program, The Launch.
9. Ben FischMan
His Boston-based fash-sale site, Rue La La, redefned online shopping. Now he’s stepping out with M. Gemi, a just-launched start-up selling Italian-made women’s shoes.
10. aManda curtis
The Lynn-born designer just relocated her fashion-tech start-up, Nineteenth Amendment, from Boston to New York, and its approach—customers preorder from emerging designers—could revolutionize fashion retail.
1. Ben Affleck
We stand by him through hits (Argo), bombs (Gigli), and Jennifers (Lopez, Garner), because this audacious actor-slashdirector swings with the same verve every chance at bat.
2. MAtt DAMon
He’s back as Bourne in 2016’s sequel. Whether a talented Mr. Ripley or an affable action hero, he need never hunt for our good will.
3. Steven tyler
A screaming eagle of rock gods, an American idol, and the living embodiment of freewheeling swagger: Could anyone else compare? Dream on.
4. conAn o’Brien
We love you, Leno, but among modern late-night greats, O’Brien (whose Harvard smarts helped launch The Simpsons) is the goofy gift that keeps on giving.
Her ditzy character on The Office belied the behind-the-scenes smarts of this Dartmouth brainiac, whose The Mindy Project reveals her as a witty mouthpiece of millennial womanhood.
6. chriS evAnS
That chiseled jaw and commanding physique made him Captain America (2016 sees a sequel), but Hollywood’s Mr. Congeniality maintains the modest charm of a Sudbury-bred boy next door.
7. tAylor Schilling
We’ve never been prouder to see a Boston gal in prison. Orange Is the New Black fashioned this versatile young actress into leading-lady material.
8. AMy Poehler
She’s won Golden Globes; she’s hosted them, too. From Burlington, Mass., to “Live from New York!,” the SNL alum has emerged as a contemporary comedy powerhouse.
9. MAriA MenounoS
The Medford-born beauty and TV correspondent dishes hot gossip as the new coanchor of E! News, part of a multiyear deal she inked with the network.
10. the WAhlBergS
They kept their Dot rat drawls, but this funky bunch of brothers became a Hollywood royal family. Mark went from skivvies model to Oscar-nominated actor/producer. Donnie conquered TV behind the camera (Boston’s Finest) and before it (Blue Bloods) and still sells out arenas with his perennially touring man band, New Kids on the Block. Chef Paul’s restaurant, Wahlburgers, the subject of an Emmy-nominated reality series, has 60-plus locations in development. File under: Blockbusters.
Janet Echelman’s sculpture As If It Were Already Here over the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
1. Rose Kennedy GReenway
It’s the Big Dig’s big gift. Where there once idled exhaustcoughing cars now lies a lovely string of green parks linking the North End to Chinatown and enlivening downtown with fountains and carousels as well as fun food-truck fests and other special events. And its eponymous Camelot matriarch is honored with Boston’s beautiful gift to Mother Nature.
2. The esplanade
The Charles River’s grassy banks are perfect picnic grounds—and, at the iconic Hatch Shell, a picture-perfect setting for America’s most famous Fourth of July fireworks. Esplanade 2020, an initiative to revitalize the space for its 3 million annual visitors, promises an exciting future.
3. The aRnold aRboReTum
Harvard’s historic Jamaica Plain landmark isn’t just a picturesque park teeming with 15,000 varieties of flora, but a vital research and education facility of world renown. This fall, the Arboretum launched the Campaign for the Living Collections, a 10-year effort to preserve hundreds more plants in a world whose climate is increasingly unstable.
4. FRanKlin paRK
Boston’s biggest park is home to America’s second-oldest public golf course, plus a kid-friendly zoo with lions, tigers, and a Bear Den. (Oh my!) Events like the boozy Uncorked and an animal-themed lecture series guarantee a roaring good time for adults, too.
5. The lawn on d
Swings! Ping-Pong! Cornhole! The list goes on. The latest green addition to the Boston landscape doubles as a hot new venue for concerts, postwork cocktails, family game night, and couples’ rendezvous. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s grounds now host a seasonal backyard party replete with food trucks, live performers, and art installations. Call it hipster bait.
6. pieRs paRK
Offering rare open space to dense Eastie, its 600-foot harborside pedestrian promenade has stunning skyline views. And worth a visit from any neighborhood: its nonprofit Sailing Center, offering affordable sailing training and environmental education programs for young people and adults alike.
7. bosTon Common and The publiC GaRden
We’ll always stop to smell the roses at America’s oldest city park and its swan boat– filled flower child. Together they’re the heart of the Hub. So it’s no surprise that you can’t take a stroll here without seeing a marriage proposal—or a wedding party having photos taken. How lovely.
8. ChRisTopheR Columbus waTeRFRonT paRK
From food festivals to summer movie nights, this North End side spot is always worth exploring. This year its famous trellis, adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, received new color-changing LED bulbs that can glimmer from summer white to winter blue.
9. JamaiCa pond
A sapphire set within the Emerald Necklace, this placid urban oasis is a beautiful go-to for an afternoon of boating or an invigorating waterside jog along its path. In the summer, families picnic on acres of nearby grassy fields; come fall, the annual Lantern Parade sees thousands of costumed locals come out for a dazzling community tradition.
10. bosTon haRboRwalK
Sprawling from Dorchester to Deer Island, this 47-mile waterfront walkway links multiple parks, public recreation facilities, and Atlantic Ocean vistas. And it’s still growing: This summer, UMass Boston added a $4 million, 800-foot extension—lined with granite blocks salvaged from the Big Dig—near the JFK Presidential Library and Museum.
Boston Ballet’s Night of Stars in 2013 lured 55,000 people to a spectacular outdoor performance on Boston Common.
1. MIKKO NISSINEN
Artistic Director, Boston Ballet
Reinventing The Nutcracker and landing world premieres, he helped the institution make the leap into a new millennium— and connect with new audiences. Case in point: 2013’s triumphant Night of Stars , a complimentary community performance held on Boston Common that lured 55,000 people to behold works like Balanchine’s “Serenade” under a beautiful evening sky.
What’s your goal for the next decade? Expand and develop our audiences, stay relevant to today’s changing times, and continue touring internationally.
Why does Boston Ballet endure? We are a ballet company of the future.
Art is… Food for the soul.
2. DIANE PAULUS
Artistic director, American Repertory Theater
She ushered Pippin to the Tonys and the ART to invigorating new heights.
What made you most proud this decade? The opportunity at the Tony Awards to thank Boston audiences for their enthusiasm for our work.
What makes the ART so exciting? ART strives to push the envelope further with every season, demonstrating that Boston is a leading force in artistic innovation in the country.
Art is… Transformative. It provides a window for us to refect on ourselves and the world we live in.
3. KEITH LOCKHART
Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra
Twenty years after arriving to reinvigorate the Boston Pops, he’s made America’s orchestra feel as vital as ever.
What was your greatest source of pride this decade? My job and goal is to ensure the Pops’ continued relevance in a constantly shifting cultural climate. I believe we’ve done that, but it’s an ongoing challenge.
What makes Boston’s art scene unique? There is more going on here, per capita, than perhaps anywhere else in the country.
Art is… The why of existence.
4. JILL MEDVEDOW
Director, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
She steers the ICA, the anchor attraction of the new Seaport, on a forwardthinking course in a historic city.
Why does the ICA endure? Our singular focus on the art, artists, architecture, and ideas of our time ensures that ICA audiences—on-site and online—are always facing forward.
What’s your other favorite place to experience art? The Arnold Arboretum is my favorite public space. Olmsted’s landscape design is an art form unto itself.
Art is… Transformative.
5. MALCOLM ROGERS
Former director, Museum of Fine Arts
He stepped down at the end of July, following a watershed two-decade tenure with the encyclopedic museum.
What makes Boston’s art scene unique? It’s remarkable to have the facilities of an enormous city and cultural institutions of world importance in what is actually quite a small city.
How has Boston’s arts landscape most changed over the decade? Most organizations have become more outward-looking, less isolated, and more aware of the needs of a diverse audience.
Art is… A source of inspiration and invigoration in potentially everyone’s life.
6. ANNE HAWLEY
Director, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Her 25-year tenure is about to end, but her impact will never wane.
What makes Boston’s art scene unique? A long history of support for art and music and extensive, highly engaged audiences that come from surrounding communities, neighborhoods, and many universities.
Why does the Gardner endure? The Gardner is a total rendezvous with art. It’s a multisensory sanctuary where visitors can be immersed in an environment.
Art is… For you!
7. ROB ORCHARD
His Emerson College outpost diversifed Boston’s arts scene and reactivated downtown theaters. On Boston’s changing cultural landscape: I see more depth in every cultural sector, with more artists choosing Boston as home rather than as a temporary waypoint to somewhere else. What makes Boston’s art scene unique? A constant stream of young artists from the vibrant visual and performing- arts training programs throughout the city—it keeps us current and [prevents us] from getting too smug.
Art is… Like food, clothing, and shelter—a necessity.
8. PETER DUBOIS
Artistic director, Huntington Theatre Company He led the Huntington to a Tony Award and supports regional artists in creating work of national impact.
Greatest source of pride this decade: Expanding our commitment to living playwrights—and Boston playwrights in particular.
Why does the Huntington endure? Because of our three very different spaces, we can produce a huge variety of different theatrical experiences, from lavish spectacle to intimate new works.
Art is… The soul of the city.
9. LISA STROUT
Director, Massachusetts Film Offce
She’s helping Hollywood East compete for big-screen opportunities on a giant scale.
What makes Boston exciting for filmmakers? Realism. Authenticity. It is a place that wears its complex personality on its sleeve.
What could make Boston’s arts scene even more exciting? I think we’re on a very good path. The more daring, experimental, and quirky, the better.
Art is… For everyone!
10. JULIE BURROS
Chief of arts and culture for the city of Boston
She resurrected the city’s decades-dormant role and drew up a road map that leads the Hub to a more vibrant arts landscape.
What is Boston’s greatest opportunity for advancing the arts? As part of Mayor Walsh’s vision, creating a cultural plan and a comprehensive plan for Boston are unprecedented occasions for very impactful change.
Greatest challenge? It’s not unique to Boston, but it’s always a challenge to get people to think big and imagine a future very different from today.
Art is… What brings people of the city together, adds meaning to our daily lives, heals the wounded soul, and flls our hearts and heads with ideas and inspiration.
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