Past Event

Sep 07 | 4:00 pm

Little Amal

Produced by The Walk Productions in association with Handspring Puppet Company

Presented in partnership with The City of Boston,
Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture

“One of the most ambitious live artworks ever staged.”

— The Observer

Amal Walks Across America.
One Little Girl. One Big Hope.

Little Amal, whose name means “hope” in Arabic is a 12 foot puppet of a 10 year old Syrian refugee child whose journeys across many countries carry a message of hope for displaced people everywhere, especially children who have been separated from their families. She has traveled across 13 countries meeting more that a million people.

Her urgent message is simple: “Don’t forget about us.”

On September 7, she will begin her journey of 6,000 miles across the United States in one of the largest free public festivals ever created to bring a message of compassion, empathy and hope.

ArtsEmerson is proud to partner with the City of Boston as we welcome Amal and kick off the 35 city tour from Boston to San Diego where 1,000+ artists and arts organizations will create 100+ events to welcome her. Amal’s journeys of art and hope celebrate the rich stories of refugees, immigrants and displaced people, and the communities that welcome them.

Everyone is welcome to walk with Amal.




Join ArtsEmerson in Welcoming Little Amal to Boston
Dewey Square, Boston — 4:00 PM
(Activities begin at 3:30, Amal arrives at 4:00)
Amal takes her first steps in Boston in Dewey Square, home of one of the largest murals in the city, at the southern end of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, just across the street from South Station—the entry point into the city for so many visitors and new residents. All of Boston is invited to welcome Little Amal and celebrate the past and present of the city’s immigration story.

Chinatown Gate, Boston — 4:30 PM
Little Amal travels to the grand gate at the border of Chinatown which was gifted to the city of Boston from Taiwan in 1982. Here, the surrounding neighborhoods were once known as Little Syria from the late 1800’s until the 1950’s. Another celebration welcomes Amal to the city here which will continue even after she departs to her next destination (5:00-6:00PM).


Sep 07, 2023 | 4:00 pm

Take Part

Be part of this special moment when Amal walks with our community to shine the light on the importance of empathy and the spirit of welcoming all.

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No RSVP required!

2 hours


There are several nearby garages but we recommend taking the T! Stations are very close to both event locations.:

Dewey Square by MBTA:

• Orange, Red and Silver Line @ Downtown Crossing
• Red Line and Silver Line @ South Station
• Commuter Rail @ South Station

Chinatown Gate by MBTA:

• Orange Line and Silver Line @ Chinatown Station
• Orange, Red and Silver Line @ Downtown Crossing
• Red Line and Silver Line @ South Station
• Green Line @ Boylston Street

See Little Amal in Boston Sept.7-9 at our partner events. Visit for more information and updates. Learn more about Amal’s journeys all over the country at

Please note that video footage and photographs will be taken during this performance and may include attendees’ recognizable images. By participating in this event, attendees consent to being recorded and authorize ArtsEmerson to use the footage and photographs in print, digital or web-based format for its promotional and archival purposes. Anyone who does not wish us to use their image or footage of them is asked to please notify the Event Ushers.