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Mayor Walsh Announces Fenway's 30 Second Cinema

Boston-area artists get the opportunity to display their work on a prominent digital sign next to Fenway Park.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced today a new public art competition, called Fenway's 30-Second Cinema, which will give Boston-area artists the opportunity to display their work on a prominent digital sign next to Fenway Park.

“My administration continues to look for new ways to support artists and showcase their work in Boston," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Fenway's 30-Second Cinema is another innovative way to do that, and to make art more accessible to the public."

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) and the Boston Art Commission ask artists to submit their digital art, up to 30 seconds long, such as motion graphics and short films. The submissions will be judged by representatives of MONUM and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture. Up to 10 winners will be selected to have their pieces displayed on the Orange Barrel Media digital sign at the intersection of Ipswich and Lansdowne Streets. Submissions are due by September 22nd, 2014. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 

The winning submissions will be displayed every hour for 30 seconds between regular advertising programming on the digital sign (14 feet high by 48 feet wide). In addition, the City will award the winning artists $300.

Fenway's 30-Second Cinema is part of a host of efforts to engage Boston's creative community. Recent efforts include the Art Commission's Pop-Up! Dudley Connections, a pop-up art series in Dudley Square, and the Public Space Invitational, a civic design competition that invited artists, designers, and engineers to rethink Boston's public spaces.

About the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston serves as the City's innovation incubator, building partnerships between internal agencies and outside entrepreneurs to pilot projects that address resident needs. 

About The Boston Art Commission

The Boston Art Commission is the oldest municipal art commission in the United States, established in 1890 to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. It aims to engender and support a thriving artistic consciousness throughout Boston’s many communities and neighborhoods.

About Orange Barrel Media

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Orange Barrel Media provides outdoor advertising across the country, including digital signs near Fenway Park and Boston's Innovation District. Their displays feature a blend of public service, arts, community content, and sponsored messages.

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