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Experience Chinatown Arts Festival

Uplifting in public through a pandemic


Boston, MA

Musician Sam Ou performance at the Experience Chinatown Arts Festival at Chin Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Photo Credit: Katie Medrano-Escobar

During the coronavirus crisis, Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood experienced the loss of businesses firsthand. Although restaurants have reopened, the neighborhood is still slow in recovery. In response, Experience Chinatown Arts Festival, an initiative of Pao Arts Center, transformed its typical programming into a month-long event for uplifting Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood while ensuring health and safety for all.

Nearly 1,500 visitors enjoyed live music performances in Chin Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a self-paced walk/run stopping by public art installations at local businesses and organizations, and contributed to a community sourced Love Letters to Boston Chinatown public mural. Thousands more enjoyed the art installations throughout the neighborhood. This event was organized as part of the We Love Boston Chinatown resiliency campaign, a partnership with community organizations, businesses, and residents that is working together to uplift the community and support local businesses.