About Rooted In Boston

Rooted in Boston is a series of virtual events from April to June that showcases the rich culture and diversity Boston has to offer, with an eye towards justice — a nod to Angela Davis’ thoughts on diversity with justice.

The theme Rooted in Boston can be interpreted two ways:

  • Based in, developed from, or influenced by Boston
  • Established or grounded, and in Boston

The series’ goal is to bring together communities to promote togetherness in a time of isolation and create and continue conversations for change.

Why this? Why now?

Diversity is core to what makes cities great. In Boston, 20-35 year olds make up more than a third of the City's population. Against the backdrop of 2020 with an unprecedented pandemic, use of divisive rhetoric, and national movement against racial injustice, there’s a need now to unite Boston and reimagine civic engagement and ways to meaningfully connect with each other.

What is SPARK Boston?

SPARK Boston is a leadership and civic engagement council made up of 20-35 year olds, charged with spearheading the City's efforts to engage Boston's young adult population.

Our Events

Register on Eventbrite to join us via Zoom or follow along on Facebook Livestream!

Art SPARKs: Poetry Open Mic
Thursday, April 22, 6–7:30 PM

Celebrate the launch of Art SPARKs with featured poet Nico Pang and a collection of poems for Boston, from Bostonians!

Reclaiming Our Lives After a Year of Isolation
Monday, April 26, 2021, 6–7:30 PM

End the stigma: join us for a workshop that will help you navigate your re-emergence into the world after a mentally taxing, isolating year.


Growing Boston’s Culinary Culture
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 6–8 PM

Join us for a special dumpling cooking demo with Irene Li, Chef and Owner of Mei Mei, writer, and food security activist, as she interviews Biplaw Rai and Kwasi Kwaa of the historic and soon-to-be open Comfort Kitchen on Boston's continued journey to becoming a diverse culinary city.


Our Team

This event series was made possible with the leadership of SPARK Boston 2021 council members!

Art SPARKS! Event Lead

Alessandra Panares

Rooted In Boston Organizer, Tech Equity Event Lead, Website Developer

Anita Yip

SPARK Boston Director

Audrey Seraphin

Art SPARKS! Event Lead

Dianna Bronchuk

Website Editor

Jessica Lau

Art SPARKS! Event Lead

Kathleen Carroll

Art SPARKS! Event Lead

Romy St. Hilaire

Art SPARKS! Event Lead

Sumali Dey