Cultural Institutions Working Group

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

For more information about our Cultural Institutions Working Group please refer to our Cultural Institutions Working Group Communications Toolkit and Media Resources 

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 Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Fenway Alliance First Church of Christ, Scientist
Goethe-Institut Boston Harvard Art Museums
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Huntington Theatre
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Institute of Contemporary Art
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts Historical Society Museum of African American History
Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Science
National Park Service New England Aquarium
New England Conservatory New England Historic Genealogical Society
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Paul Revere Memorial Association/Paul Revere House
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Shepley Bulfinch
TD Garden The Boston Athenaeum
The Mary Baker Eddy Library USS Constitution Museum
Waterworks Museum Zoo New England


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.



Carole Charnow – President and CEO of the Boston Children’s Museum

Matthew Siegal – Chair Conservation and Collections Management at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cultural Institutions Working Group Resources