Sights + Sounds of Allston-Brighton: Community Workshop


Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 4:30pm to 5:30pm


Harvard Ed Portal (outdoors), 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join artists Allison Tanenhaus and Maria Finkelmeier at the Harvard Ed Portal to participate in the public art project FREQUENCIES: Allston-Brighton!

On view at the Ed Portal this winter, FREQUENCIES is an audio/visual mural that will feature crowdsourced material from around Allston-Brighton. At this workshop, you’ll learn how to capture the beauty that is all around you – like the sounds of your best friend laughing or images of the 501 bus rolling down Washington St.

Workshop participants will meet the artists and Ed Portal staff outside the Ed Portal at 4:30pm for a short introduction by the artists, then move to the nearby area to find inspiration and capture your own Sights & Sounds!

Bring any device you own that can record video, audio, or images (like a smartphone, tablet, or digital camera). If you don’t have access to a device, don’t worry! We’ll have a few on hand for you to borrow.

After you’ve captured your media, you’ll have the chance to contribute the content to the artists as source material for FREQUENCIES. If you choose to contribute, the artists will give credit to everyone that participates (yes, your name will be projected in lights!).

All are welcome! If you need special assistance please contact the Ed Portal at or call 617-496-5022. Staff is available to speak in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Inclement Weather Plan:
If the event can not be held outdoors, the workshop will be held virtually via Zoom. The Ed Portal will contact you by 10:00am to confirm the location of the event and, if needed, will send a Zoom link at that time. Participants will still have a chance to participate in the project and capture sights & sounds from their indoor spaces.

Want to learn more? Take a look at the artists’ website for FREQUENCIES: Allston-Brighton! and see the behind-the-scenes process for how they transform raw footage.

FREQUENCIES: Allston-Brighton! will be on view at the Harvard Ed Portal from November, 2021–February 2022. Mark your calendar to go see it at 224 Western Ave. in Allston!