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'Swing Time' at The Lawn on D Combines Playground Fun & Interactive Art

As if The Lawn on D, a 2.7-acre park on D Street next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, doesn't offer Bostonians enough engaging events and innovative installments (it most certainly does), the masterminds behind Boston's next great public park are helping to give you a playground item found almost anywhere. Only, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority isn't breaking ground on any old swing set.

 

Dubbed 'Swing Time,' these swings are no ordinary oscillating seats. Rather, they're more one part swing, one part interactive art. And they're designed so that those who use them will not only interact with the swing, but interact with each other as well. At least, that's the intention of designers Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture.

 

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"The outside marque at the BCEC not only added excitement around our event but it attracted buzz in the surrounding community and drew the attention of the media who put photos of the digital display in their press articles about our event!"

- Cory Bolotsky, MassChallenge, Inc

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Check Out The Outdoor Convention Center Experiment in Boston

Meeting professionals are always concerned about what’s inside a convention center — the number of meeting rooms, the amount of exhibit space, the bandwidth capabilities and more. While all of these details are essential to a meeting’s success, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is equally focused on what’s happening outside the walls of the soon-to-be-expanded Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. That focus has paved the way to the Lawn on D, 2.7 acres worth of green space with bocce ball courts, ping pong tables and food trucks that sit alongside an empty stretch of the city. It gives meeting attendees and Boston residents an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, but the Lawn on D is also appealing to today’s digitally-addicted consumer. The space is wired for Internet access. It’s piquing the interest of plenty of meeting professionals.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Food trucks fueled by fusion

A tantalizing perfume engulfs a corner of City Hall’s sprawling plaza one Thursday afternoon: chicken, lamb, exotic sauces, and pita bread, coupled with the smoky aromas of ribs and grilled cheese.

 

It’s coming from the Chicken & Rice Guys food truck, sitting less than 20 feet from a friendly competitor, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese. The smell overwhelms any aroma coming from restaurants nearby, luring more than 60 people — some in tailored suits, others in Red Sox jerseys — to quick and cheap meals emerging out of well-worn trucks.

 

Why, in a city with eating options ranging from burgers to Vietnamese pho, do hordes of people voluntarily stand in 15-minute-long lines for bowls of rice and meat or grilled cheese?

 

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

- Robert D. Monahan, Julie’s Family Learning Center, South Boston, MA

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Boston Celebrates New Arts Space Lawn on D

The Lawn On D, a new outdoor and interactive music, arts, and leisure space was christened earlier today by Mayor Marty Walsh and others on the eve of its public opening tomorrow afternoon. The 2.7-acre grass space — situated along D Street in South Boston, just at the edge of the Seaport District — is officially part of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and will be the source of community-driven programming for approximately 18 months. With free wi-fi, available games, and a focus on community involvement, Lawn On D will serve as a testing ground for some new arts initiatives in Boston, with an eye on planning a new permanent outdoor space as part of the upcoming BCEC expansion.

 

“By having the Lawn On D, we’re taking another step in having the city be more innovative,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh at today’s media event, which kicks off two days of opening ceremonies that extends to tomorrow’s public unveiling. “It’s another step in showcasing our city… giving people places to come, giving kids places to come.”

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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MFA study finds Bostonians love cultural events

Bostonians are more culturally engaged and attend a greater number of cultural events per month compared with the national average, the Museum of Fine Arts said Friday.

 

The MFA’s findings are the result of a study of the Boston area’s cultural audience titled “Culture Track 2014: Focus on Boston.” According to a statement from the MFA, 1,238 people from Boston, Greater Boston, and parts of New Hampshire answered online questions from February to March about their engagement in culture, for the first Boston edition of the survey.

 

“This study, commissioned by the MFA, gets inside Boston’s unique cultural mindset, which is deeply informed, engaged, and unique,” MFA director Malcolm Rogers said in the statement. “We expect that it will help as we build and diversify our audiences in the future. It’s a privilege for us to share the findings with Boston’s cultural community.”

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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