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.
 
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.


Art on Science: 26 études

Art on Science: 26 études is an international art project commemorating the 60th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Boston, Massachusetts and Strasbourg, France. As centers for art, science, commerce, and education, the two cities share a rich history of cultural exchange.

This collaboration, sometimes simply called “AS26”, was created by 26 artists and 26 scientists, half from each city. The concept was to produce two art portfolios based on scientific themes and to pair each artist with a scientist who would provide a written commentary about the art. One portfolio will be exhibited in Boston and the other in Strasbourg. The proceeds from artwork sales will be used to support future exchanges.

Artists and scientists share much in common: they observe, they evaluate, they interpret. The fields of art and science have cross-pollinated for centuries, as artists document discoveries and scientists provide new ways to view the world.

For this project, scientists made studio visits and artists toured laboratories. Sharing resources and ideas, some pairs worked shoulder-to-shoulder in the lab while others collaborated virtually. Our topics ranged from the plight of the coffee bean to the grandeur of the cosmos. AS26 provided a forum for participants to deconstruct their disciplines and find commonalities. The connections forged were a testament to the power of curiosity and creativity.

AS26 was sponsored by the Boston/Strasbourg Sister City Association and the Comité de Pilotage du Jumelage Boston/Strasbourg. These organizations have supported numerous exchanges of “citizen diplomats” to enrich the cultural ties between our two cities. It has been a pleasure to work with these organizations and the 52 participants who made AS26 possible.

 “Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.”  ~ Goethe 

Visit us at www.AS26project.com  

BSSCA Summer Social at La Voile, Brookline on August 19 

Discover the Boston Strasbourg Sister City Association and meet Francophiles and Francophones in the Greater Boston area. Discuss experience traveling to Strasbourg and to France, say a few words in French and make new friends while enjoying a glass of French wine!

All welcome! Members and non-members!

What: Happy hour in a French Bistro, Cash bar, all welcome!
When: Tuesday, August 20th, 6-8pm
Where: La Voile, Brookline (1627 Beacon Street 02445 Brookline, MA)
T Station: Washington Square on the Green Line C 
 
We look forward to meeting you! 

 

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.