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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 link 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. 812 1742 8202 #. 

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 September 7, 2020. 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

    A. Welcome Karin Goodfellow

    B. Call to Order and Review of Minutes Mark Pasnik and Ekua Holmes

  2. For Discussion

    Director’s Report Karin Goodfellow

    A.Existing Public Art

    1. Plan for review and study of Christopher Columbus statue 
    2.  Emancipation Group


    b.Subcommittee reports: 

    1. Event Subcommittee
    2. Recontextualization Subcommittee
    3. Fern Cunningham statement and proclamation

    B.In-Process Public Art

    1. Long-term projects overview 
    2. Short-term projects overview

    a.Emanation: Indiginous Furtherance, Boston Center for the Arts Plaza, South End, Lilly E. Many Colors, Boston Center for the Arts

    b.Shape of Play installation, Christopher Columbus Park, Now + There, Jewish Arts Collaborative


    1. Pending Nominations to the Boston Art Commission
  3. Presentation for Review, Public Testimony, and Commission Vote
    4:30 pm
    1. Instructions for public comment Karin Goodfellow
    2. Sea Walls, Harbor Arts, PangeaSeed, East Boston Greenway Matthew Pollock
  4. Adjournment

    Adjournment Mark Pasnik and  Ekua Holmes

    Next Public Meeting: October 13, 2020, 4:00 - 6:00pm, 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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