John Walsh interviewed immigrants, writing and illustrating their stories. Through sequential art, these immigrant experiences were presented in a new and unique way that allows for easy translation into other languages. With support from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement, Walsh crafted the honest conversations he had into a visual narrative of Boston’s immigrant community.
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"I think that's one of the great things of Boston AIR, and I’ve heard it from the other artists as well, this sense of connectedness now to the groups we’ve worked with. There’s kind of a glue, not only between the cohort but the people we’ve worked with and the community and the people from BCYF. There’s a glue now, and I think it’s really cool." —JOHN WALSH
BOSTON - Monday, October 3, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) today announced the ten artists selected for the City of Boston's second year of artists-in-residence program, Boston AIR. This second year of the Boston AIR program helps fulfill a commitment made in Boston Creates, the city’s cultural plan, and expands the size of the artist cohort, increases the length of the residencies, and grounds each residency at BCYF through their community centers and core citywide initiatives, such as the BCYF Streetworker Program, youth summer programs, and leadership development for young women.
"Arts and culture form the building blocks that make our city thrive. They encourage us to engage with each other and connect to the larger community," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston AIR brings this creative practice into the work of our city departments. I am excited to announce the new Boston Artists in Residence and look forward to the positive impact they will have on BCYF.”
The ten selected artists, each with firsthand knowledge of the cultures and communities of Boston, were chosen by a selection committee consisting of current Boston AIR participants, local arts professionals, BCYF leadership, and City staff.