Joyce Kulhawick Kick-offs 12th ’Opening Doors’
An enthusiastic Joyce Kulhawik emcees the opening ceremony of the 12th Annual Opening Our Doors. The largest single day of free admission to some Fenway area 22 institutions and activities in 17 indoor and outdoor places is a day to enjoy art, dance, poetry, and theater what-ever your personal budget.
"It’s an opportunity to check out the art," she said, "in a city just bursting with art. People have only the vaguest ideas of all that exists here. This day is an arts smorgasbord to discover what pleases them."
The day officially begins at 10:00 am this Monday, October 14 on the Mass. Ave. side of the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, located near the intersection of the Avenue of the Arts (Huntington Ave.) and the Avenue of Music (Mass. Ave.).
The well respected and long-time Boston arts and entertainment critic emcees the ceremony and will be joined by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and additional special guests. There will also be a performance from the Boston Children’s Chorus. A parade for children follows led by the Hot Tamale Brass Band which concludes with free cupcakes (this year provided by Oakleaf Cakes).
Kulhawik, long seen as an ambassador for the arts, told EDGE that she enjoys the many occasions she’s called upon to highlight. "I believe in artists," she said. "I believe in the cultural community.
"They inspire us. They help us to understand ourselves. They help us to think more clearly," she said.
She is so convinced of their importance she believes the arts should have a place in the next mayor’s every day agenda. "Be an arts voter," she urges. "Make sure that the next mayoral administration understands that there is a large contingency eager to have the government support the arts." (To learn more about political advocacy for the Arts, Joyce suggests visiting the mass-creative.org website. And for more of her views and reviews (and free movie passes) you can go to joyceschoices.com.)
Throughout the day at Opening Our Doors, your choices include a tour of the three-story MBE Library’s globe Mapparium and music performances in the New England Conservatory’s elegant Jordan Hall and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Lauded Calderwood Hall.
You might like to go into artists’s studios at the Fenway Studios to meet the artists and see their work or find your groove with Urbanity Dance or create your own art piece with sparc! Art mobile from MassArt, rock out with violinist Rhett Price and his band, or have a poet from Grub St. type a poem especially for you.
You can wander the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner palace on the Fens.
Other events include indoor kite flying with Archie Stewart’s Kite Education, Chalk Art with Sidewalk Sam, Boston Conservatory’s famed cabaret show, glass blowing demonstrations with Diablo Glass School, interactive games with The Hobbit at the Wheelock Family Theater, and much, much more. For a complete list, please go to this website.
In the event of rain, the Kick-Off ceremony will move to the Reflection Hall on the Christian Science Plaza next to Horticultural Hall. Opening Our Doors is hosted and presented by the Fenway Alliance in the Fenway Cultural District. Established in 1977, The Fenway Alliance is a consortium of 22 nationally and internationally renowned cultural and academic institutions located in the Fenway.