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The Arboretum Experience

The Arboretum Experience

This production is free and open to the public. Register your interest in attending to receive updates and additional information.

This production is free and open to the public. Register your interest in attending to receive updates and additional information.

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Visitors are invited to experience the natural beauty of the Arnold Arboretum on an outdoor, self-guided journey that centers resilience, healing, wellness, and joy. This collaboration between the A.R.T. and the Arboretum features audio plays written and performed by artists from Greater Boston and beyond, movement experiences, as well as pop-up music and dance performances, all set against the 281-acre backdrop of one of the jewels of Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

The A.R.T. returns to the open-access living museum designed by Frederick Law Olmsted following the 2019 Tree Planting Ceremony of a gingko tree, the culmination of A.R.T. Artist-In-Community Diana Oh’s year-long Clairvoyance series of installations and concerts.

Production Sponsors
The Bob and Alison Murchison New Work Development Fund
Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation
Development Support
Harvard University Committee on the Arts

Audio Plays

Visitors are invited to begin at any of the Arboretum’s fourteen gates to experience one or all four audio-based narratives set in the preserve and written collaboratively by a team of six playwrights. “The four scripted experiences speak to the layered complexity of what it means to be living during this time of reemergence,” says Kirsten Greenidge, the project’s Writer Chair.

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Movement Meditations

Visitors are invited to use their bodies, breath, and imaginations to engage in a series of narrated interactive movement experiences. “Using choreographic thinking and calling on our various practices and traditions, the meditations aim to invite visitors to slow down, commune with nature, and connect to their bodies in open-ended ways,” says Choreographer Jill Johnson.

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Pop-Ups

Live, pop-up performances begin Saturdays in September (rain dates Sundays).
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Plan Your Visit

The Arboretum Experience can be enjoyed seven days a week, sunrise to sunset into the fall. Visitors to the Arnold Arboretum can start their experience by using their mobile device to scan a QR code on a statue or sandwich board in the park, which are located at the Arborway, Bussey Street, Forest Hills, Centre Street, Walter Street, Peters Hill, Poplar, Mendum Street, and Washington Street Gates.

Remember to bring your fully charged smartphone and headphones for personal listening, or a portable speaker for a group journey. A limited number of mobile devices will be available on loan to visitors on Saturdays, September 18 – October 9. Visitors can pick them up from A.R.T. staff at the Arborway Gate from 12 to 4PM.

 

Accessibility

A.R.T. staff will be onsite at the Arborway Gate on Saturdays from 12 to 4PM through October 9. They can help with wayfinding, questions, and accessibility requests, including tech support for accessing the audio recordings, captioning, and guided experiences for people who are blind or have low vision. If you have questions or would like to arrange for personalized supports, please contact Access@amrep.org.

A limited number of mobile devices will be available on loan to visitors on Saturdays, September 18 – October 9. Visitors can pick them up from A.R.T. staff at the Arborway Gate.

COVID-19 Protocols

If you are unvaccinated, masks are required wherever you can’t maintain a six foot distance during your visit to the Arnold Arboretum. The Hunnewell Building and Visitor Center is closed to the public.

If you are unvaccinated, masks are required wherever you can’t maintain a six foot distance during your visit to the Arnold Arboretum. The Hunnewell Building and Visitor Center is closed to the public.

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Music, Dance, Audio Plays, Nature, Resilence, Healing, Wellness, Joy

Learn about the collaboration of artists who created the show, as well as the staff, supporters, and partners who made it possible.

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Covers of books on The Arboretum Experience reading lists.

Reading Lists

Our friends at the Boston Public Library have curated reading lists for adults and children to complement The Arboretum Experience.

19 Books for Adults

21 Titles for Children & Teens

Our friends at the Boston Public Library have curated reading lists for adults and children to complement The Arboretum Experience.

19 Books for Adults

21 Titles for Children & Teens