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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

吳弭提議設立"遊戲街" 把文化藝術帶進波城每個角落

         (Boston Orange編譯) 「把藝術及文化帶進波士頓的每個鄰里」。波士頓市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu)提議打造「遊戲街」,要以文化,藝術來療癒心情備受新冠病毒疫情荼害的人們。

                吳弭和WBUR節目 ¡Con Salsa!的播報員及製作人José Massó在天滿街的一個遊樂空間宣佈,今夏玩一夏,要改造,擴大,連接起每一個鄰里內的藝術及文化角落,促請波士頓人重新想像自己與開放空間的關係。

                  這「遊戲街」將以費城為例,在志願者監督下,暫時關閉數以百計街道,安排食物,小孩子遊戲,聘用DJs及藝術家,邀來專業體育隊伍,私營公司一起開心玩耍。

吳弭也呼籲市府為每個社區開闢開放空間,讓民眾在自己的社區內舉辦街道派對,一條街一條街的來打造社區。她也呼籲簡化公共活動許可,把公共街道及公園變成文化藝術項目場所,由市府來協助民眾舉辦社區派對,並以為型補助來掃除每個街區辦派對的障礙。

吳弭提議的大膽改變,還包括設立內閣級的工人賦能長(Chief of Worker Empowerment),彌平托兒照顧差距,改變公立學校,波士頓新綠化計畫,就是恢復計畫,以透明問責原則重談警察合約,食物正義議程,數位平等議程等等。

Michelle Wu is joined by José Massó (second from right) as well as members of the arts community and residents

Boston, MA— City Councilor At-Large and Candidate for Mayor Michelle Wu, joined by José Massó, Announcer and Producer of WBUR’s ¡Con Salsa!, members of the arts community and residents, called for a summer of play and issued proposals to transform, expand and connect our arts and culture sector to every neighborhood today. She declared that summer 2021 should be a summer of play as part of Boston residents’ healing and reconnection, and also launched an innovative Playstreets proposal to reimagine Boston’s relationship with public space. The Boston Playstreets proposal would emulate Philadelphia’s, closing hundreds of streets with a volunteer supervisor, including food, art and activities for kids, hiring DJs and artists, and plugging in our professional sports teams and private companies to participate. 

She also called for the city to create space for every community to hold block parties in their own communities, following up on her 2019 Boston Globe op ed and Block Party Guide on strengthening our democracy through building community block by block. Wu called for simplifying public event permits, directing public streets and parks to be venues for arts and culture programming, and creating direct city assistance for communities to set up block parties, with microgrants to remove financial barriers for every neighborhood. 

“As Boston reopens and recovers, it’s time for a Summer of Play—using arts and culture to heal, connect, and inspire. Imagine music and community events in every park, block parties in every neighborhood, and every bit of Boston’s diversity reflected in the vibrancy on our open streets. Let’s supercharge our recovery, support local artists and small businesses, and help communities heal through an intensive focus on infusing arts and play throughout our neighborhoods,” said Michelle Wu.

“We have been holding our breath for over a year as all of us have been wishing and hoping and praying that we would again be able to celebrate in community with one another in person, and do it in a way in which we can celebrate life. On this day in which Councilor Wu asks for us as a City to embrace arts and culture as being very much the fabric of what could be our DNA, I join in with Councilor Wu in supporting this initiative. Arts and culture in our open spaces must play an important role as a segue from what has been the last fifteen months to the years ahead,” said José Massó

Michelle Wu has proposed a detailed agenda for bold change, including a vision to establish a Cabinet-level Chief of Worker Empowerment, close the childcare gap, transform our public schools, Boston Green New Deal and Just Recovery Plan, renegotiate police contracts for transparency and accountability, Food Justice Agenda, Digital Equity Agenda and more. 

(From Michelle Wu's campaign team.)

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