Boston in 100 Words exhibit at Bentley University


WALTHAM, MA – RSM Gallery at Bentley University presents the illustrated posters of the winning stories from the 2020 and 2021 “Boston in 100 Words” competitions.

“Boston in 100 Words” is an annual community writing contest that invites anyone living, working, or attending school in Boston and select surrounding cities to write stories of 100 words or less that depict daily life in their communities. .

A team of local and renowned writers select the winning stories, which are made freely available to the public in the form of large illustrated posters installed throughout the city.

The contest’s goal is to impact as many Bostonians as possible, and to increase the project’s accessibility, the organizers have translated the stories into some of the many languages ​​spoken in Boston communities.

For example, the 2020 first place story posters “Freedom Trail” were printed in Spanish and English, while the second place story posters “Finding home in Chinatown” were printed in Chinese and English.

“Boston in 100 Words” is inspired by a very successful project, “Santiago in 100 Words”, which has been held every year in Santiago, Chile, since 2001. After years of success in Chile, the competition has extended to cities in Mexico, Colombia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

Bentley faculty member and acting dean of arts and science Jane De Leon Griffin founded the nonprofit Inspired Masses to bring the project to Boston, the first US city to be part of this transnational project. of urban writing.

The exhibit will be on view at Bentley from March 22 through May 3, with an author and illustrator talk and opening reception on March 22 at 5 p.m.

The 2022 “Boston in 100 Words” contest will begin accepting submissions in late summer. For more information, click here.


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