波士頓移民進步辦公室通訊/ Office of Women's Advancement/ Community Preservation Act


Hello SPARK Family

My name is Anthony Nguyen, the new director of SPARK Boston. As a lifelong Boston resident and SPARK council member for two years, I have a deep understanding of our City and programming. I am excited to connect with all of you.  A special thank you to my predecessor Audrey Seraphin for leading the program through COVID times, several administrations and more. 

To kick off introductions, I love soccer, trying new restaurants and I could talk for days about anything really. I am looking forward to building the program to new heights and strengthening our foundations in civic engagement, community and collaboration. When you see me out in the community, please do not hesitate to connect with me.
Blocky Party Grants

Do you want to throw a party to activate your community but do not have the funds or know where to start? Sign up for block party grants. This grant can be used for food, party supplies, games and more! The City also has block party kits for residents to borrow and use at parties. These kits include: jump ropes, hula hoops, chalk, a splash tower and more. As the weather warms up, let’s get outside, meet our neighbors and hopefully, make a few new friends!

Host a Block Party!
Hyde Park Festival in the Streets

In the spirit of block parties come to Hyde Park and check out the Festival In The Streets. The whole block will be shut down for folks to enjoy. There will be music, food trucks, breweries and more. This is a ticketed event and requires purchase. Visit their website for more information!

Festival in the Streets Tickets
Join us at the Jamaica Plain Open Streets

Join us at the Jamaica Plain edition of Open Streets Boston. This marks the second annual event where everyone can enjoy streets as open pedestrian spaces. You can walk, roll or bike up and down Centre Street. This is a great way to learn more about local businesses, organizations and the JP community. Save the dates for our future Open Street events. Roxbury, we’ll see you on July 15!

Open Streets Boston
Join us at the Boston Unity Cup

We will also be at the annual Boston Unity Cup. The Boston Unity Cup is a citywide adult soccer tournament that celebrates community and partnership. Fun fact: I played in it last year. There are 50 teams this year slated to play and represent over 25 countries! Catch us at the resource fair 11 am - 1 pm.

Boston Unity Cup 2023
Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival

This weekend is the Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Festival! BAMS is back for its fifth annual festival celebrating Black music and culture in the City of Boston. The festival will be taking place in Franklin Park Playstead Field. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate Black Music Month and support our local artists. This is a ticketed event and requires purchase.

BAMS Festival
114th NAACP National Conference

Mark your calendars! The NAACP National Conference is coming to Boston July 28-August 1. The conference will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). Register today. 

114th NAACP National Conference Registration
Celebrate ADA Day 2023

July 18th is ADA Day!

Come celebrate with the Boston Disabilities Commission on City Hall Plaza from 12 - 2 pm.

Upcoming Hearings & Community Events
Parks Summer Fitness Series
Various dates, times and locations

Open Your Heart: Immigrant Stories and Music from Boston and Beyond
Friday, June 30 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | City Hall Plaza

Boston's Urban Pride's Music and Arts Festival
July 2 at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM | City Hall Plaza

BBG Fest
Saturday, July 8 from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM | City Hall Plaza
 
Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Concert: JP Sax Quartet
Tuesday, July 11 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Oak Square Common

2023 Swinging in the Fens, Featuring Jelani Bauman
Wednesday, July 12 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM | Ramler Park
 
5 Days of Chess
Various dates, times and locations

Roslindale Neighborhood Concert: Divas with a Twist
Monday, July 17 at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Fallon Field

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Concert: Northeast Groove
Monday, July 24 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Jamaica Pond
 
South End Neighborhood Concert: Conscious Reggae
Wednesday, July 26 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Blackstone Square

Mattapan Neighborhood Concert: National Night Out with Conscious Reggae
Monday, July 31 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM | Hunt Playground (Almont Park)


For more City events visit our Events Page
City of Boston Job Board
View Jobs in the City of Boston Career Center
We are only days away from our first ever ONEin3/SPARK Alumni event! I cannot wait to see familiar faces, meet new ones and see what our amazing alumni are up to.

Lastly, this year we have received tremendous interest from folks to join the upcoming 2023-2024 council. The applicant pool truly represents Bostonians from all walks of life and their passion for civic engagement. Applicants should be hearing back from us any day now. We are excited to connect and learn more about you! 


Best,


Anthony Nguyen
SPARK Boston Director
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