BSSCA

BOSTON/STRASBOURG SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION

CELEBRATING MORE THAN 50 YEARS OF SISTER CITY EXCHANGES

Bonjour and Bienvenue!

Welcome to the official website of the Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Association (BSSCA). We have fostered the relationship between the sister cities of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and Strasbourg, Alsace, France for over 50 years! Boston and Strasbourg began their association in 1960 thanks to the inspiration of Strasbourg native, Charles Munch, then conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
 
Over the last 58 years, the BSSCA has entertained Strasbourg mayors, sponsored numerous student exchanges, sent Bostonians to the European Parliament, scientists to French laboratories, business students on internships, and enabled bakers, firemen, community gardeners, artists, and musicians to visit their sister city.

We welcome all people who are interested in fostering this relationship to become members of our organization. Please click here to complete our New Member Application and start enjoying the benefits of membership.


The BSSCA Celebrates Its 58th Anniversary! 

 

From left to right: Consul General, Valéry Freland - BSSCA President here in Boston, Mary-Louise Burke - Strasbourg Mayor, Roland Ries - James Colimon, Manager of International Partnerships at the City of Boston - Francis Hirn, President of the jumelage association in Strasbourg. 

Strasbourg Mayor, Roland Ries, came to Boston for the occasion. He also participated in Mayors’ International Climate Summit organized by Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh.

The Consul General of France in Boston, Valéry Freland, invited the Boston Strasbourg Sister City Association at the Residence of France in Cambridge to celebrate the association’s 58th anniversary with Strasbourg Mayor, Roland Ries, and his team.

During his visit to Boston, Mayor Ries also attended the Mayors’ International Climate Summit organized by Boston Mayor, Marty Walsh

 Both teams took the time to discuss possible festivities for the sister city association’s 60th anniversary in 2020. Cultural events, concerts and exhibitions could be organized on both sides of the Atlantic... Definitely, stay tuned for more to come!

(Reprinted from the the Consulate General of France in Boston) 

President Obama on the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Consulate in Strasbourg  

Ex-Libris Vernissage

Ex Libris ExChange is an international collaborative art project sponsored by the Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Association (BSSCA). The project includes 26 artists – 13 from each city who have created original Artists' Books and artful maps based on a common theme. The thematic content of the artwork was inspired by an elaborately illustrated 18th century journal created by Georg Daniel Flor, a member of a French brigade that participated in the American Revolutionary War. Our artists have produced highly imaginative works using 21st century techniques to engage with the voice and aesthetic of an ordinary soldier with an extraordinary talent. This exhibit presents aesthetics and techniques that span centuries - one might say "from Gutenberg to Rauschenberg." 

 

The exhibit was on display last year at the French Cultural Center in Boston and is currently on display in Strasbourg at the Médiathèque André Malraux until June, 2017.

A photo album of the event is located on the Photo Gallery page.