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Boston Art Commission meeting

UPDATE: This meeting will be held virtually only and NOT in person. You can participate in the meeting by going to our online meeting and using your computer's audio and microphone. If you are unable to connect to audio or you do not have internet, you can call into the meeting by dialing 301-715-8592 and entering Meeting I.D.829 9103 0808 #. 

Public comment on Presentations for Review, Public Testimony, and Commission Vote may be provided ahead of the hearing by submitting written testimony online by 12 p.m. (noon) on August 10. You will also have the opportunity to submit comments during the meeting via the Zoom platform or by phone. If you require closed captioning you can make a request to 

All times are subject to change

The public can offer testimony.

Discussion Topics

  1. Opening
    4 p.m. Opening

    Welcome, Call to Order, and Review of Minutes Mark Pasnik and  Ekua Holmes

  2. Discussion
    4:10 p.m.

    Director’s Report Karin Goodfellow

    A.Existing Public Art

    1.May This Never End, Matthew Hoffman

    2.Emancipation Group


    b.)Subcommittee reports: 

    1.)Event Subcommittee

    2.) Recontextualization Subcommittee

    a.Online form for the public to share thoughts on the future of Emancipation Group:

    3.Roxbury Love, Ricardo “Deme5” Gomez

    B.In-Process Public Art

    1.Long-term projects overview 

    2.Calls to Artists

    a)Roxbury Branch Boston Public Library Public Art

    b)Adams Street Branch Boston Public Library Public Art

    c)Northern Avenue Bridge Public Art

    d)City Hall Plaza Public Art

    3.Jamaica Plain BPL/ Curtis Hall BCYF public art

    4.PaintBox and other short-term projects

    5.Transformative project implementation


    1.Pending Nominations to the Boston Art Commission

  3. Presentation for Review, Public Testimony and Commission Vote
    4:30 p.m. 

    A.Instructions for public comment Karin Goodfellow

    B.East Boston Police Station artist selection Sarah Rodrigo

    C.Sea Walls Matthew Pollock

    D.Air, Sea, and Land, San Miguel Okuda TBD

    E.Confronting Colonial Myths in Boston’s Public Space Erin Genia

    F.Public testimony on Christopher Columbus statue Mark Pasnik and   Ekua Holmes

    G.Vote to consider study and review of Christopher Columbus statue Mark Pasnik and Ekua Holmes

  4. Adjournment
    6 p.m.

    Adjournment -Mark Pasnik and Ekua Holmes

    Next Public Meeting: September 8, 2020, 4 - 6 p.m., Location TBD

    Email for any questions.

    All agenda items listed may be voted on or tabled by the BAC.

    *Applications and presentations listed will be pulled from the agenda if the proponents are not able to submit all needed materials in advance of the scheduled BAC meeting. All applications are to be reviewed for approval, pending property owner permissions.

    About the Boston Art Commission

    The Boston Art Commission, staffed by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, is an independent board composed of nine appointed art and design professionals that holds public meetings to review and vote on matters concerning the City’s art collection. Meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of each month to review current public art projects sited on or proposed for City of Boston property. At the conclusion of artist presentations, the Chair of the Commission will invite audience members to offer testimony. 

    The Commission’s curatorial vision is to commission and approve innovative and transformative artworks that engage communities, enrich and enliven the urban environment, are driven by an artistically strong vision, enhance the diversity of the existing collection, respond directly to a specific environment, and possess durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work. For more information, see

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