Brookline, Massachusetts: Artistic Hub?

By: Surrey Houlker

First settled as a hamlet in 1638, Brookline, Massachusetts is home to many renowned places of historic and cultural significance.  From Coolidge Corner to Olmsted Park, from The Country Club to Washington Square, Brookline is teeming with many points of interest.  You can visit the childhood home of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and (try) to visit the home of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady all within a convenient 15 minute car ride.  With an average crime rate of 16 per 1,000 residents, Brookline has been listed by Cassie Sheets from Movoto as number 8 on “The 10 Best Boston Suburbs To Live In” based on “crime rates, housing costs, and amenities per capita.”  From a statistical standpoint, Brookline is a great place to live.  On paper, it is impressively appealing towards the new homebuyer.  In person, it is equally as quaint and intriguing with many different shops, parks and restaurants.  

From an artistic standpoint, Brookline has many creative outlets for community members regardless of age, race, or ability.  In this article, I will analyze Brookline “public art” in an attempt to better understand what this neighborhood truly values.  I will additionally attempt to answer the question, “What can Brookline artistically provide for residents and visitors alike?”  

Click the links below to discover more about the Brookline arts scene!

 Courtesy of Gateway Arts. 

Courtesy of Gateway Arts. 

Visual Art

The “fine arts” get a makeover. 

 Liz Adams, courtesy of Alex Aroyan. 

Liz Adams, courtesy of Alex Aroyan. 

Theatre

Opportunity and inclusion through performance. 

 Courtesy of Coolidge Corner Theatre. 

Courtesy of Coolidge Corner Theatre. 

Film

Let's take it back to 1933?