R Visions for Chinatown: Remain. Reclaim. Rebuild!

R Visions for Chinatown is a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown highlighting public parcels or properties with potential for community development.

In response to displacement and the pressure of luxury development, the community created its own Chinatown Master Plan and is working for the goal of 1000 new or newly preserved affordable housing units, for a community-led library, a permanent facility for the Josiah Quincy Upper School, and to stabilize working class residents and small family-owned businesses.  These art projects, curated and sponsored by the Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association, represent a part of the community’s efforts to reclaim public land and to rebuild a strong sense of community as Chinatown organizes for the right to remain.

R Visions for Chinatown features five projects created by nine local artists and include visual art, multi-media pieces, installations, interactive projects, as well as performances, running at different times during the week of October 19 – 25.  Grab your R Visions for Chinatown Walking Guide from the Chinese Progressive Association’s Wong/Yee Gallery (One Nassau Street Unit 2, or 28 Ash Street) or just walk around Chinatown and look for these sites.

Please join the artists at a fundraising reception to benefit Right to the City Boston on Thursday, October 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association, One Nassau Street, Unit 2.   Suggested donation $10 or more. Arrive by 6:00 pm to join us for an Art Walk!

Open Library – Open Minds
Location: Chinatown Park by the Chinatown Gateway

Artists: Andrea Zampitella and Monica Mitchell
“Closed Libraries – Closed Minds” is a phrase that many protesters chanted after the closure of the Tyler St. Chinatown Library in 1956. Our library, “Open Library – Open Minds”  aims to bring awareness to Chinatown visitors that Chinatown residents still do not have a library branch, as well as to provide free access to reading materials for all ages and reading levels. This mini-library will house many new books and various articles from historic newspapers on the closure of the Chinatown Library. All purchased books will be donated to the Chinatown Cultural Center and Library Project after the completion of the project.
The mini-library will be open:
Sun. 10/19, 12:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wed. 10/22,  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Thurs. 10/23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sat. 10/25, 12:00 am – 2:00 pm