Cultural Institutions Working Group

A consortium of art, science and entertainment organizations committed to leadership on climate action through creativity, education and facility resilience.

As trusted purveyors of ideas and inspiration as well as holders of unique facilities, cultural organizations are uniquely positioned to help educate their constituents and drive action on issues related to climate change.

Rich community connections, the generation of creative programming, and a diversity of scope make cultural organizations a critical asset to help drive the needs of the City’s climate goals.


Participating Cultural Organizations


Artists for Humanity ArtsEmerson
Berklee College of Music Boston Architectural College
Boston Ballet Boston Center for the Arts
Boston Children’s Museum Boston Public Library
Boston Red Sox Boston Society of Architects
Boston Symphony Orchestra Fenway Alliance
Harvard Art Museums Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Huntington Theatre Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Institute of Contemporary Art Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Mass College of Art and Design Museum of African American History
Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Science
National Park Service New England Aquarium
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
TD Garden The Boston Athenaeum
USS Constitution Museum


Areas of Focus


Institutional Energy & Resilience

Help participating members:

  • Reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies.
  • Create resiliency plans and participate in City resilience efforts.


Communications & Engagement

Help participating members:

  • Identify opportunities to communicate with audiences and the broader Boston community to increase awareness about climate change and help individuals take action on it.
  • Speak with a united voice about sector challenges and opportunities in advancing climate-smart actions.



Foster and support of:

  • Cultural programming that brings aspects of climate change into new kinds of awareness among creators and audiences.
  • The development of programs at individual organizations and the potential for collective or coordinated city-wide programming.