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Bartlett Yards’ successful mural fest; “sculpture potluck” coming June 15


Great Neighborhoods partner Bartlett Events hosted its first Mural Fest on May 18 at the former MBTA Bartlett Yard site in Roxbury.

Five hundred people from across the Boston area came for food trucks, performances by the Floorlords and other local bands, and of course mural painting.

Nate Swain and other area area artists filled the walls of the former bus garage with their work; however, not all of the painters were professional—the Metropolitan Area Planning Council opened its assigned wall to the greater community, encouraging residents to fill the space with suggestions for improving Boston’s neighborhoods.

Attendees and organizers alike felt that the event was a huge success. Boston resident Allen Bush commented, “Who wouldn’t want this in their neighborhood each weekend?” Others were equally enthusiastic: community member Lawanda Monique added, “I feel in love with art, culture, music, and Boston all over again.”

Construction of a major mixed-use development will begin at the site in Spring 2014; until then, Bartlett Events plans to utilize the outdoor space to host community events. Next on the calendar is a Sculptural Potluck on June 15th jointly hosted by Bartlett and HarborArts, where an artist will direct community members in creating an outdoor sculpture out of empty spray paint cans. For more information, visit  the Bartlett Events website.

— Lucas Conwell