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

ArtsEmersonBoston Architectural College
Boston BalletBoston Center for the Arts
Boston Children’s MuseumBoston Public Library
Boston Red SoxBoston Society for Architecture
Boston Symphony OrchestraEmerald Necklace Conservancy
Esplanade AssociationFenway Alliance
First Church of Christ, ScientistGoethe-Institut Boston
Harvard Art MuseumsHarvard Museums of Science & Culture
Huntington TheatreInstitute of Contemporary Art
Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumJohn F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Massachusetts College of Art and DesignMassachusetts Historical Society
Museum of African American HistoryMuseum of Fine Arts
Museum of ScienceNew England Aquarium
New England Historic Genealogical SocietyNorman B. Leventhal Map Center
Paul Revere Memorial Association/Paul Revere HouseRose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
Shepley BulfinchThe Boston Athenaeum
The Mary Baker Eddy LibraryUSS Constitution Museum
Waterworks MuseumZoo 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

Tim Ritchie – President of the Museum of Science

Cultural Institutions Working Group Resources