Sights + Sounds of Allston-Brighton: Community Workshop


Thursday, November 18, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm


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 Harvard Ed Portal from November 4 – February 28, FREQUENCIES is an audio/visual mural that features 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 outside the Harvard Ed Portal at 5:00pm to experience the artwork and hear about the project directly from the artists. Then, we'll 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 Harvard 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 on November 18, the workshop will be held virtually via Zoom. The Ed Portal will contact you by 10 a.m. 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 4, 2021 – February 28, 2022. Mark your calendar to go see it at 224 Western Ave. in Allston.


Harvard COVID Policies and Procedures:
Please note, during the fall of 2021 all programs at the Harvard Ed Portal will be outdoors. For restroom use, only one person will be allowed in the building at a time. No other building access is allowed, and masks must be worn at all times. Masks are required outdoors if 6' of social distancing isn't possible. We encourage you to maintain distance from others whenever possible. ​

No walk-ins are allowed at this time at any Harvard Ed Portal event; if you would like to bring other people with you to this event, please also ask them to register on Eventbrite beforehand. Please call 617-496-5022 with any questions. ​

In case of poor weather, this event may be held virtually. If that happens, we will let you know before the event by email and send you a Zoom link. ​

You may not participate in an Ed Portal event unless all of the following is true:​

  • You are NOT experiencing or displaying any known symptom of COVID-19;* ​

  • You have NOT tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced any known symptom of COVID-19 in the past 14 days; ​

  • You have NOT in the past 14 days had close contact with anyone who is either confirmed or suspected of being infected with COVID-19, including anyone who was experiencing or displaying any known symptoms of COVID-19; and ​

  • You are complying with all health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 from federal, state, and local authorities and Harvard University to limit the spread of COVID-19. Examples of requirements include travel restrictions, self-isolation/quarantine requirements, and lockdown orders. ​

While attending an in-person Ed Portal event, you comply with all masking and social distancing requirements, posted or otherwise provided by Harvard staff for the Program. ​

If any of these conditions apply to you please call the Ed Portal at 617-496-5022 to discuss your registration.​

*Known COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, chills, or feeling feverish; new cough (not related to chronic condition); shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; new fatigue; muscle or body aches; new headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; new nasal congestion or new runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies); nausea or vomiting; diarrhea.