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Grants add art, interest in Fort Point Channel

Palms floating in Fort Point Channel are among the exhibits being added to spark interest in the area.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Palms floating in Fort Point Channel are among the exhibits being added to spark interest in the area.

Boston’s Fort Point Channel is about to get a lot livelier.

City officials have awarded more than $50,000 in grants to fund art exhibitions, science exhibits, and theater performances to help turn the channel into a version of Boston Common on the water.

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The new activities will include an outdoor astronomy program by The Boston Children’s Museum; productions of plays such as “Macbeth” at Atlantic Wharf; and the installation of “Tidraphone,” a series of pipes that extend into the water and change in tone when the tide turns.

Over the last several years, city officials have sought to enliven the channel as the cleanup of Boston Harbor and surrounding redevelopment projects have made it a more attractive gathering place for residents and visitors.

A new tower at Atlantic Wharf has resulted in the opening of several restaurants near the water and the reopened Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum has become a major attraction on the Congress Street bridge.

The new activities and exhibitions will begin appearing over the next several weeks. The projects recently awarded funding by the Boston Redevelopment Authority include:

Boston Children’s Museum will offer the My Sky outdoor activities program, a series of daytime and Friday evening programs related to astronomy. The activities will be a companion to a new astronomy exhibit opening in July called My Sky.

 The Fort Point Arts Community Inc. will offer two temporary art programs this summer, one alongside the channel and the other on the water within the channel. Both projects will include free programming and activities for the public.

A group called “e” inc. will offer a six-week educational program from July 7 through Aug. 15 that includes science lessons, a rowing experience, and an art activity. The program will be open to children from different summer camps, community centers, and Boys & Girls Clubs.

 Brown Box Theatre Project will offer classic and contemporary free productions on Atlantic Wharf from summer 2014 through spring 2015. Planned productions include “Macbeth” and “Blue Window”

 Fort Point Theatre Channel will stage eight free performances at Waterfront Square, Atlantic Wharf, Oct. 16-25.

 The Hull Life Saving Museum will operate two programs on the Fort Point Channel this summer. The first, Lunchtime Livery, will offer rowboat rentals in July and August. The second program, Home Waters, will offer an experimental rowing education program for adults and youth.

 An exhibit known as Tidraphone will be installed in front of the Intercontinental Hotel. Its pipes will extend into the water at various lengths, and as the tide changes so will the tones of each pipe. Passersby will be invited to strike the instrument with a mallet or other implement to make music.

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