The Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) is honored to announce its partnership with the Rose Kennedy Greenway with the screening of a special program of international film shorts presented on September 16th in Dewey Square. The Greenway is a lovely, inclusive space for a collaboration with AIFF, its mission being to foster appreciation for different cultures by exploring the lives of people around the globe through independent film.
Collaboration is about process, about bringing the best of what people and organizations have to offer and working together to realize mutual goals. Since AIFF’s inception, the organizers have connected and collaborated with organizations, businesses, fellow film festivals and lovers of film in Arlington and Greater Boston. We are proud of our partnerships and especially that of the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
The Conservancy is the designated steward of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a mile-and-a-half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people and the city with beauty and fun. The non-profit Conservancy maintains, programs, and improves The Greenway on behalf of the public and in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In 1991, after almost a decade of planning, construction began on the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, more widely known as the "Big Dig". The project, recognized as one of the largest, most complex, and technologically challenging in the history of the United States, would remove the elevated highway and create a tunnel system below the city.
With the elevated highway to be relocated underground, community and political leaders seized the opportunity to enhance the city by creating the Greenway, a linear series of parks and gardens that would re-connect some of Boston’s oldest, most diverse, and vibrant neighborhoods. The creation of The Greenway was a joint effort of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA), the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, and various civic groups.
On October 4, 2008, tens of thousands of visitors came together for the parks’ Inaugural Celebration with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The following year, on February 23, 2009 The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy assumed operational responsibility for the parks. Today, the Greenway encompasses gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades and is a key feature of the modern reinvention of Boston, the Harbor and the Waterfront.