Transformative Public Art Program
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About the program
In 2019, we released a call to artists for the first round of the program. We were particularly interested in murals and temporary projects with:
- social practice
- participatory artmaking, or
- educational programming that celebrates the diversity of Boston.
We funded seven projects.
We released a call to artists for the second round of the program in April 2020. This year, we were looking for artworks that respond to COVID-19 and provide creative approaches to public connections and community rituals at a time of disorientation and insecurity. We are supporting projects that are ready to be implemented now, and are also supporting the research and development of future projects.Proposals could include:
- New media, including web-based projects, online comics, and virtual reality
- Traditional media, including murals
- Interior installations or performances visible or audible (or both) to passersby or neighbors
- Community-engaged cultural practices
- Social practice, including rituals related to joy, grief, and other human experiences
- Elements that specifically engage youth or reach non-English speaking communities (or both)
We commissioned five temporary art projects in Grove Hall in 2017. These projects were part of a City-led initiative to improve the streetscape. We wanted to create an environment that is safe, convenient, and comfortable for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. The projects included:
- An interactive Affirmation Station by Chanel Thervil. It was designed to uplift people by gifting them with an affirmation pin to serve as a reminder of hope and positivity.
- A mural entitled "Afro Futurism/ Breathe Life" by Rob "Problak" Gibbs at 324 Blue Hill Ave.
- A series of banners entitled "On the Shoulders of Giants" by Laurence Pierce at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library.
- A mural entitled "Powerful Knowledge" by David "DonRimx" Sepulveda at 41 Geneva Ave.
- A mural entitled "Love Thyself" by Victor "Marka27" Quiñonez on Quincy St.
Transformative Public Art GranteesTransformative Public Art Grantees
- Lily Xie and Crystal Bi Wegner - Chinatown Story Cart
- Katrina Goldsaito and Jonah Goldsaito with Beau Kenyon - ReachYou (follow their Instagram for additional updates)
- HipStory - HipStory House Party Digital
- Mia Schon
- Maia Dolphin-Krute - Opioid Epidemic Memorial, Boston
- Hannah Pryfogle and M Sloth Levine with Sparkhaven Theatre - Camp Strangewood
- Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) - Projecting Our Stories, Projecting Our Future
- Lani Asuncion - Biosounds
- Kate Finnegan and Kaji Aso Studio - Tanabata: Star Festival
- Jo Troll - Constructing Queer Community
- Eben Haines and Delaney Dameron - Shelter in Place Gallery
- Ariel Basson Freiberg
- Daniel Lam - Smile Through the Pandemic
- Chanel Thervil - Quarantine Self-Care Series
- Doug Stewart and Nina Gershonowitz with Cirque Us (watch a video of their project)
- Gianna Stewart with Asian Community Development Corporation - Storytell and Sway
- Heather Kapplow - Warmth
- Liz LaManche - Distance Whispering
- Maria Fong and Krina Patel - Residence Lab 2020
- Meghan Anderson, Urbanity Dance's Professional Company, and MASARY Studios - Refractive Choreographies
- Ngoc-Tran Vu
- Raquel Jimenez and Laura Smith - Precious Works
- Yazi Ferrufino
- Yu-Wen Wu
Received $20,000 for the multimedia public art project "Augment".Rob 'Problak' Gibbs
Received $15,000 to create a mural in Roxbury.Victor 'Marka27' Quiñonez with Street Theory Gallery
Received $15,000 to create a mural in Newmarket.Brian Beyung with the Chinese Historical Society of New England
Received $10,000 to create a mural in Chinatown.
2020 Project Videos
"Tale of an Ancient Vase", by Brian Beyung (2019 Transformative Public Art Project)