Pathways to Freedom: A Passover Public Art Project

by artist Julia Vogl, inspired by the universal themes of the Passover exodus story

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

Julia’s artwork will reflect 2,000 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 on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common. Incorporating audio recordings, the piece will allow all to share in Boston’s immigrant experience.

March 20 – May 2

Join an encounter to be part of the project, March 20 - April 8 (see all below).

Encounters   March 20 – April 8         Installation    April 25 – May 2


DateTimeHost/LocationAdditional InformationHow to RSVP
Wed, March 21st9am-1pmCity Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Square, Boston
Find Julia inside City Hall. 10% off at the café if you show your Pathways button!
Thur, March 22nd11am-1pmThe Village Works
202 Washington St., Brookline
Visit your local co-working space and take 5 minutes to make your Pathways button.
Thur, March 22nd7pm-9pmTemple Shalom
175 Temple St, West Newton
"Welcoming the Stranger Then and Now" -- Join in a conversation about immigrant justice and struggles of access to freedom. Moderated by Julia Vogl, this discussion will offer timely resources to bring to your seder from panelists representing JALSA, HIAS, and JCRC. Click here to RSVP. Suggested donation $5+, all proceeds benefit MIRA.
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.
Tues, March 27th8:30am-2pmJCC Greater Boston
333 Nahanton St
Meet Julia in the JCC lobby in between classes to make your button!
Tues, March 27th6pm-8pmWBUR "On Tap"
890 Commonwealth Ave, Boston — 3rd Floor

The ARTery‘s Maria Garcia will join acclaimed social sculptor Julia Vogl for one of 1,500+ conversations she will have in the Greater Boston area about immigration and freedom. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m.Click here to buy tickets.
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
Across from One Financial Center on Dewey Square Park Plaza
Food truck opening day on the Greenway - grab a bite to eat while taking part in Pathways to Freedom
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 for more information.
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 SeniorLife, Ulin House of JCHE, UMass Boston, Jewish Vocational Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Freedom House, Artists for Humanity, Chelsea Collaborative, Raw Arts, and Salem State University.

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Read more about this project on the JArts Blog

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What I Learned About Freedom

Passover/Seder Symbols

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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. Watch her Ted X talk to learn more about her work.