Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration
Boston Latin District Cultural Planning
Cultural planning in Boston's Latin District builds off recent efforts to recognize Boston's Latin Quarter as a cultural district, expand investment in arts and cultural facilities and programming in Boston, and better support Boston's growing Latino population.
The Hyde Square Task Force and the City of Boston secured an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support an arts and community development project focused on strengthening Boston’s Latin Quarter as a designated cultural district. This project will fund new creative placemaking activities, outreach to community leaders and consensus building, development of a marketing strategy, and cultural district planning.
This project builds on previous work completed by the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF) and the City of Boston with the goal of establishing Boston’s Latin Quarter as a vibrant center of Afro-Latin culture for Greater Boston, including the following:
- In 2016, the Boston City Council passed a resolution in April 2016 to recognize Boston’s Latin Quarter.
- HSTF recently completed an ArtPlace America grant that mobilized over 4,000 community members, 365 artists, 25 local businesses, and 48 organizations.
- HSTF owns the former Blessed Sacrament Basilica, an architectural icon in the Latin Quarter whose plaza functions as an outdoor performance space for Afro-Latin artists and events.
- After the City of Boston, in partnership with the Hyde Square Task Force, submitted an application, the MCC designated the Latin Quarter in Jamaica Plain as a state cultural district.
MAPC’s Arts & Culture Department is leading the development of a cultural district plan for Boston’s Latin Quarter, working with the Boston Latin Quarter Advisory Committee (LQAC), the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), and the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC). MAPC will develop a process and plan targeted toward the needs and concerns of the neighborhood, with an emphasis on inclusion, sustainability, mitigating residential and commercial displacement, and supporting greater integration of local merchants with cultural district priorities and programming.
The Latin Quarter Advisory Group (LQAC) convened monthly from November 2018 through January 2019. The group has established shared values and goals for the district and discussed programming, including priorities for a signature event like the Latin Quarter World’s Fair. The next meeting of the LQAC will take place in April.
MAPC held focus groups in the spring of 2019.
For more information about this project, please contact Annis Sengupta at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-933-0774.