Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston | First Friday Activities

A multigenerational, multicultural gathering called Caribbean Dream, at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in the Seaport district of Boston, drew a crowd of over 1,000 people this past Friday. This was ICA’s first summer theme gathering held primarily outside, on the water, West Indian music blasting, traditional carnival theme dancers impressing all with their ability to make even the most timid of Bostonians attempt polyrhythmic expression.

ICA staff told me they were expecting a crowd but that this particular event on a beautiful Friday was overflowing with people coming to celebrate the Caribbean cultures alive in Boston and to be close to the water, overlooking East Boston. A raw Oyster bar was set up, whoever wanted to drink had an array of options, and the fourth floor of the museum was open to the public.

Though the main source of attraction was the music, dance, and relaxed social climate, the architectural masterpiece of ICA is enough of a reason to visit.

In 1999, the architecture firm’s founders Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio were awarded a “genius grant” by the MacArthur Foundation, in recognition of their “commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture.” The wife-husband team partnered with Charles Renfro in 2004.

A big thanks to ICA for the invitation to attend this event. For those of you visiting Boston and do not have a membership (members can attend these first Friday of the month activities free of charge), you can pay a $15 admission and check out these very cool gatherings the First Friday of Each Month. More information can be found on the ICA Boston Facebook page.


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