NEMPAC instructors Mr. Marchese and Ms. Dietrich lead students from choral programs at North End’s Eliot K-8 Innovation School and St. John School as they performed songs at the North Square Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for its re-opening and public art installation reveal for attendees that included Mayor Marty J. Walsh & the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture Boston, City Councilor Lydia Edwards, A+J Art+Design, the North Square project team, and the North End community.

Mayor Walsh expressed his excitement over the new permanent public artwork created by A+J Art+Design, and he also talked about the many projects recently completed in Boston’s North End, including the restoration of the Paul Revere Mall “Prado”, the opening of the new Eliot School, and the North Square renovation.

The North Square is a significant location surrounded by key historic landmarks such as the Paul Revere House, Mariners House, and the Sacred Heart Church which are part of the Freedom Trail that bring millions of visitors through the North End each year. The initiative broke ground in October 2017 and underwent a $2.5 million revitalization project with the goal of acknowledging its historic and cultural significance as one of Boston’s oldest occupied neighborhoods, and to create an accessible space for all. After approximately two years of construction, the new historic public space showcases the history of the beloved North End through design features such as bronze sculptures, re-pointed cobblestones, iron chairs and bollards and other seating areas for visitors.

To see more beautiful photos of the event and to learn further about North Square and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, read here.

To learn more about NEMPAC Choral programs, read here.