Pathways to Freedom

A JArts™ Public Art installation by artist Julia Vogl, inspired by the universal themes of the Passover exodus story.

*Artist Rendering
Acclaimed social sculptor, Julia Vogl, will engage a broad multi-cultural audience from across the city in a community-wide dialogue about freedom and immigration in Boston.

Julia’s artwork will reflect 1,500+ conversations she will have in the Greater Boston area, asking people from all backgrounds about their journeys to freedom. Drawing inspiration from these stories, Vogl will create a larger than life visual representation around the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand. Incorporating audio recordings, the piece will allow all to share in Boston’s immigrant experience.

On display April 25 – May 2 during Boston Art Week (beginning April 27).

How to Participate:

Encounters: March 20 – April 8

Find Julia at any of these locations to  visit her cart, answer questions on the themes of immigration and freedom, create an individual Pathways button to take home and help create the final  artwork. Encounters are open to the public unless otherwise specified.


DateTimeHost/LocationAdditional InformationHow to RSVP
Wed, March 21st9am-1pmCity Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Square, Boston
Join Julia inside City Hall Plaza
Wed, March 21st6pm-8pmWBUR "On Tap"
890 Commonwealth Ave, Boston — 3rd Floor
Click here to buy tickets.
Thur, March 22nd11am-1pmThe Village Works
202 Washington St., Brookline
Visit your local co-working space and take 5 minutes to make your Pathways badge
Thur, March 22nd7pm-9pmTemple Shalom
175 Temple St, West Newton
Click here to RSVP. Suggested donation $5+
Fri, March 23rd6:30pm-8:30pmJArts™ Immigration Shabbat Dinner
Woman's Club of Newton Highlands
72 Columbus Street, Newton Highlands
Join Julia Vogl and UMass Faculty members to discuss freedom and immigration while enjoying a Middle Eastern Shabbat DinnerClick here to buy tickets.
Mon, March 26th6pm-9pmAeronaut Brewing Company
14 Tyler St, Somerville
It's Board Game night - so come and play your favorite game while attending an encounter.
Wed, March 28th9am-1pmCIC Boston
50 Milk Street, Boston
Meet Julia while grabbing coffee or enjoying lunch at Render Cafe at CIC Boston
Wed, March 28th6pm-9pmMusiConnects Student Performance @ Mattahunt Community Center
100 Hebron St, Mattapan
Join the musiConnects spring community party! Enjoy an evening of food and music with students, musicians and other members of the community. Click here to learn more.
Thur, March 29th5:30pm-7:30pmVenture Cafe Kendall
One Broadway, Cambridge — 5th Floor,
Julia will be popping-up at Café Nights - connecting entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. Click here to learn more.
Mon, April 2nd11:30am-2pmRose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway
185 Kneeland St & High St, Boston
Food truck opening day on the Greenway - grab a bite to eat while taking part in Pathways to Freedom
Mon, April 2nd6pmAn Interfaith Seder @ Salem State University
352 Lafayette St, Salem
For SSU students, faculty, and staff only.
Wed, April 4th4pm-9pmThe Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave, Boston
Catch Julia outside Taste Cafe from 4pm or hear her talk on People, Places and the Power of Art at 8:15pm following an MFA City Talk at 7pm
Museum entry free from 4pm
Click here to buy tickets.
Thur, April 5th8:45am-1pmPrudential Center
800 Boylston St, Boston
Whether you are downtown to work or play, find Julia in the Center Court atrium by the South Garden.
Sun, April 8th11am-4pmPeabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St, Salem
A day of activities for the whole family exploring themes of freedom and immigration.
Museum entrance fee applies.

Special thanks to our partners hosting private encounters:

Hebrew Senior Life, Ulin House of JCHE, UMass Boston, Jewish Vocational Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Installation: April 25 – May 2


Read more about this project on the JArts Blog:

Julia Vogl: Passover Public Art Installation

Building a Social Tablecloth

What I Learned About Freedom

Passover/Seder Symbols

A New Year: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Food As An Abstract Concept


About Julia Vogl

London-based artist Julia Vogl’s social sculptures incorporate public engagement, architectural interventions and color. She creates experiences and memories for the viewer, prompting discourse while creating aesthetically rich works. Inspired by the community where the work is sited, Vogl creates works that reveal underlying cultural values, reflecting individual and collective input.


Interested in hosting an Encounter? Click here for more information, and contact Joey Baron at