SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION
AT A GLANCE
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 60 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.
BSSCA 60th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
As part of its 60th anniversary, the BSSCA sponsored an international art project called Art on Science: 26 études. For more information, see the article below and a link to the auction of some of the pieces. The exhibit will be on display in Strasbourg at Librarie Kléber through October 30, 2020. The above article ran in last week's DNA, the local Strasbourg newspaper.
To commemorate our 60th anniversary, BSSCA sponsored an art project called: Art on Science: 26 études (AS26). This initiative paired 26 artists with 26 scientists, half from each city. Science was the catalyst for artistic expression, and art was the catalyst for scientific observation. The goal was to produce two portfolios of artwork based on scientific themes. Each piece of art has a commentary written by the scientist partner. Topics ranged from the effects of climate change to the exploration of the cosmos with compelling, beautiful, and thought provoking results!
Portfolio #1 is being auctioned on-line OCTOBER 6-26, 2020
Each piece of original artwork will be accompanied by the scientist’s written text and proceeds will support future BSSCA cultural exchanges. The BSSCA extends a special thanks to the Mosesian Center for the Arts for hosting this virtual auction to promote artistic expression and cultural awareness.
LA BELLE STRASBOURGEOISE
Boston/Strasbourg's own Marie Maurer took the top prize in Club Innovation et Culture France's recent national competition reinterpreting works from French art collections. A retired teacher living in Strasbourg and long-term member of the BSSCA, Marie reinterpreted La Belle Strasbourgeoise, an 18th century iconic painting by Nicolas de Largillière. For more details, see the full article.
Jeanne Barseghian Elected as Strasbourg Mayor
STRASBOURG, France (franceblue.fr, ecolo-citoyenne.eu, etc.) - Jeanne Barseghian was elected as mayor of Strasbourg for a six-year term on June 28 during the French municipal elections, postponed three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 39-year-old Barseghian won on the list of a European green or ecological party, Europe Écologie les Verts (EELV).
Only a few months ago, her name was barely known to the public at large. She joined EELV and began her first political campaign in the 2014 municipal elections on the list of Alain Jund, which joined in the second round with the list of Roland Ries. Winning, she became a municipal councilor, as well as an advisor at the Eurométropole of Strasbourg, an intercommunal region including 33 municipalities.
She was particularly involved in the battle against waste. In 2016, she signed a platform demanding the removal of plastic trays in school cafeterias. Two years later, she and her fellow ecologists quit the executive of the Eurométropole in opposition to the highway bypass project to the west of Strasbourg (GCO).
Past & Upcoming Events
MY BLISSFUL WINTER
It is with great pride that we announce the publication of the English version of Boston un hiver si court. The book has been translated by the Renaissance woman who serves as our Vice-President, PAULETTE BOUDROT. For over 20 years, Paulette has managed the administrative duties of the jumelage with tireless efficiency. She has now turned her talents to literature and produced a most appealing account of a young man’s introduction to Boston Society of the 1980’s.
The reactions of this elegant French man will delight you with their original insights and wit. Boston My Blissful Winter offers a lovely sojourn to a gentle time in the history of Boston.
Mary Louise Burke
Boston My Blissful Winter follows a young French banker experiencing Boston for the first time as an intern at a downtown bank in the 1980s. Seeking to overcome his solitude, he visits the city’s concert halls, jazz clubs, businesses, museums, cafes, theaters, antique shops, fine restaurants and local diners. He rubs elbows with Boston Brahmins, academics, a struggling musician and a librarian, among others. With vivid images of winter and a keen eye for detail, these twelve short stories bring the unique character of the city to life and offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of the thoughtful narrator.
About the Book:
About the Author : Alain Briottet devoted his life to a career in French diplomacy. He served in Europe, America, and Asia, and held several positions in collaboration with the French Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Paris and throughout the world. Boston un hiver si court (published in English as Boston My Blissful Winter), is a reflection of his appointment in Boston during the 1980s as Consul General of France in Boston.
He later served as French Ambassador to .....Read more.
About the Translator: Paulette Boudrot, (Letendre) born in Fall River, MA, earned a BS in Education from Bridgewater State University, an MA in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College Vermont, and a diploma in Twentieth Century French Literature from the Sorbonne, University of Paris, as a Fulbright Scholar. Paulette taught French and ESL in elementary schools, colleges, and universities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. During the 1980s, she transitioned from education to administration at the French Cultural Services at the French Consulate in Boston......Read more.
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