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"Wild Rumpus"

This FREE event is open to the public. Hosted by the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), in collaboration with New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and Downtown Boston BID, Wild Rumpus is curated by a multi-racial team of local artists with the intentions of centering joy and creative expression across communities of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in the heart of Downtown Boston. In collaboration with over 30 artists, each day will offer a dimension of collective nourishment, imagination building, and play in public.

Thursday, August 11, 5:00-8:00 PM: The People’s Rest - Thursday highlights rest and rejuvenation, with yoga, crochet, and sound healing on the eve of the Sturgeon Full Moon. Catch a live excerpt of Company One’s new show “can I touch it?,” grounding the three-day festival within the roots of spatial justice.

Friday, August 12, 5:00-8:00 PM: The People’s Prom - Friday, join Boston’s public dance party, with everything from salsa to house, vogue, and more. You can dance, listen, even take lessons. Come as you are or go all out and wear your favorite outfit. There will be costumes on site.

Saturday, August 13, 12:00-4:00 PM: The People’s Playground - Saturday, try out The Steps as a giant 3D maze! Play childhood games like musical chairs and freeze tag, join a multicultural Story Hour, get your photo taken at the Family Portrait Gallery, and more. The People’s Playground will also feature the inPUBLIC Family Portraits Art Show by Stefanie D. Belnavis of the Diahann Project, which documents the joy and community experienced throughout the inPUBLIC Summer Series