Boston Art Commission

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Thursday, September 14, 2017 Boston AIR projects Culmination and Celebratory Event

A celebratory event on September 16 will showcase the completed projects and highlight their impact on the community.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and the Boston Art Commission today announced the successful completion of projects created by the 10 artists selected for the City of Boston's artist-in-residence program, Boston AIR. These projects represent varying arts disciplines, from printmaking to sculpting and more, and builds on the Mayor's commitment to implementing Boston Creates, the City's cultural plan.
 
"The Boston AIR program has been incredibly successful at elevating the importance of bringing the arts closer to the heart of all we do as a city," said Mayor Walsh. "I am proud of the work of all of our artists-in-residence who in their own distinct ways have contributed to our cultural fabric as a city, and who have shown that taking a creative approach to problem-solving can reap tangible benefits for the people of Boston."
 
Boston AIR is a core component of Boston Creates, and is aimed at integrating creative thinking into the work of municipal departments and planning efforts. In addition, the Boston AIR program is a deliverable goal of Imagine Boston 2030, Boston's citywide plan. Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, or as leaders of system-wide change projects at BCYF and other City agencies.
 
To celebrate the culmination of the second year of the Boston AIR program, on September 16, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture together with the Boston Public Art Commission will host an event at the Emerson Media Art Gallery at 5:00 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists, see video screenings of projects, and participate in an artist panel to recognize the collective work of the cohort and their BCYF centers. The event is free and open to all, and advanced registration is requested.
 
Each artist involved in the program was placed at one of the 10 designated BCYF community centers and provided space at that center.
 
The 10 artists and their projects include:
  • Lina Giraldo (Hyde Park BCYF Center): Her residency focused on creating ownership and understanding identity using technology and storytelling. During her workshops, youth and seniors used coding and technology to build their own cameras that they used to interview community members.
  • Salvador Jimenez-Flores (Quincy BCYF Center): Taught the art of printmaking to over 100 5th and 6th graders. Through creating their own prints for Chinese fans, his residency embraced the historic and present immigrant communities that have transformed Chinatown and promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Charles Coe (Roxbury Tobin BCYF Center): Writer and artist Charles Code developed a community-based story collection called, "What You Don't Know About Me." The project includes stories that highlight some aspect of the person's life that might challenge the viewer's perceptions.
  • Cornell Coley (Roslindale BCYF Center): Teaching artist Cornell Coley facilitated community drumming circles in Roslindale; including the BCYF itself and in the larger community. He contributed to a revitalization of the on-site BCYF recording studio and produced a series of music concerts in the neighborhood.
  • Maria Molteni (Perkins BCYF Center): Collaborated with youth from the BCYF Perkins after school program and peewee basketball community to repaint designs on the Harambee Park basketball courts, visually reclaiming the court for the community.
  • Marjorie Saintil-Belizaire (Mattahunt BCYF Center):  Marjorie Saintil-Belizaire aimed to reshape the Mattahunt Community Center (MCC) as an arts and cultural space to convene, engage and to better reflect and celebrate community, local arts, culture, heritage, entrepreneurship, while also honoring BCYF's ACES (Arts, Community and Civic Engagements, Education and Sports) framework. Marjorie held a series of art workshops and classes, and coordinated art centered cultural events for the Haitian community in Mattapan. In this way, her investigation of the Mattahunt has acted as pilot and a model for systematic change within the BCYF.
  • Rashin Rahandej (Blackstone BCYF Center): Worked on a collaborative multimedia project that examines access and equality through the lens of mass incarceration and how it impacts the lives of children, youth, women, communities, and society at large.
  • John Walsh (Curley BCYF Center): Graphic novelist John Walsh interviewed immigrants and wrote and illustrated their stories. Through sequential art, these immigrant experiences are being presented in a new and unique way that will allow for easy translation into other languages.
  • Jenn De Leon (Curtis Hall BCYF Center): Led an exploration of racial and class segregation and its impact on education and student identity as explored through the lens of storytelling. She investigated walls and their impact on the community and the power of story to break through them.
  • Ann Hirsch (Vine Street BCYF Center): Focused on making connections through public art and sculpture with many different groups of community members, especially youth. She explored the theme of hand gestures as a lens through which to explore current issues and future goals, as well as the use of nonverbal communication modes in the expression of fear, protection, and protest.
In the second year of Boston AIR, the program expanded the size of the artist cohort, increased the length of residencies, and ground each residency at BCYF through their community centers and core citywide initiatives,  such as the BCYF Streetworker Program, youth summer programs, and leadership development for young women.
"One of the unique aspects about this residency is the camaraderie among the fantastic and talented cohort of creatives who made the Boston AIR 2.0 a success. These relationships we built with our communities, colleagues and the city representatives outlast the time of the project," said artist-in-residence Salvador Jimenez-Flores. "Resilient Current is a printmaking installation that embraces the past and present immigrant communities that have transformed Boston's Chinatown,". "We want to embrace the diverse groups of the Chinatown community and provide hope, inclusion, and a sense of belonging for all immigrants, to emphasize that we are all free, capable, and equal."
 
"With Boston AIR, the city of Boston has launched a program from which every city could benefit. It provides financial and structural support to solidify and expand the role of the arts in place making within a community, paying artists directly and providing a stipend," said artist-in-residence Cornell Coley. "Personally, I have been able to bring the healing properties of community drumming to youth and families, to support local businesses and to further develop my own art form. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive."
 
For more information on Mayor Walsh's commitment to arts and culture in the City of Boston, please read his Medium post, "A Culture Shift: Moving the Arts Closer to the Heart of all we do."

Learn more here: goo.gl/Kg7Ue1 

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Boston AIR: Year Two Extended

The Boston AIR program has been extended until the end of August! Boston Community members now have the entire summer to engage in community dialogues centered on social practice and its intersection with art, culture, and media. Our artists will continue to be stationed at 10 Boston Center for Youth and Family locations. These artists are exploring what it means when creative production meets civic responsibility, and how art can be a powerful means of social justice and community engagement.

Learn more here: goo.gl/Kg7Ue1 

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Monday, April 3, 2017 Mayor Walsh Announces Artists Selected for North Square

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced A+J Art+Design has been selected to create a public art project in North Square following an open call for artists through a Request for Proposals. The artist team will work with the Public Works Department (PWD), the Boston Art Commission, and the North End community to further develop their initial proposal. The public art project will be implemented in conjunction with the reconstruction of North Square in summer 2017.  

The public art project is part of a larger effort by the PWD to revitalize and build on North Square’s identity as a cultural destination. The project will enhance the square by making it livable, walkable, green, sustainable, and accessible to all.

“The North Square public art project will offer the North End community an open space to gather and interact,” said Mayor Walsh. “We look forward to seeing the final project that incorporates community input and enhances the already vibrant characters of one of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods.”

The artist team A+J+Art+Design demonstrated their exemplary skill, interest, and vision for the North Square project in their response to the RFP.  They will spend the next few months working in coordination with the City and community to develop their initial concept, which considers the nautical ties of the North End as well as the historical and cultural context of the Square.

“The North Square public art project allows us to continue to celebrate the cultural history of the North End, while bringing in a contemporary perspective to this community space,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “It’s one more effort to fulfill the goals of the Boston Creates cultural plan, integrating arts, culture, and creativity into the urban environment.”

“We’re delighted to work with A+J Art+Design, the Boston Art Commision, and the North End community to add a terrific work of art to North Square, ” said Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets for the City of Boston. “We want our streets to not only be well built and well maintained, but also delightful to be on and reflective of the community around them; art helps us deliver on that for the public. ”

A+J Art+Design is a multidisciplinary collaboration between artists Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier. This public art design and development team believes that public art can provoke and entice while inspiring civic engagement. In 2016, they created SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) for the Fort Point Channel Floating Art Project. The Swimmers relate the Channel to the seas crossed by those in search of shelter, freedom, prosperity and safety. They invoke Boston's long history of welcoming immigrants. Hirsch also created the Bill Russell Legacy Project which celebrates the legacy of the great Boston Celtics champion, human rights activist and mentorship leader Bill Russell. The second phase of the Legacy Project relied on a collaborative process with groups of local young people. Hirsch and Angier both received their Masters in Fine Art with a focus on sculpture from the New York Academy of Art.

To learn more about the revitalization of North Square in the North End click here. http://keepbostonmoving.org/portfolio/north-square/.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES ARTIST GENARO ORTEGA SELECTED TO CREATE PETERS PARK MURAL

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that artist Genaro Ortega has been selected to create a mural at Peters Park in the South End following an open call for artists through a Request for Proposal. Ortega will work with a selection of Boston youth to paint the mural in May 2017.  

The Peters Park Art Wall was proclaimed a legal graffiti wall in 1986 in an effort to decrease vandalism in the South End. The Boston Art Commission, in partnership with The African Latino Alliance Collective, City Lights, Washington Gateway Main Street, Friends of Peters Park, and Old Dover Neighborhood Association will continue the tradition of curating and programming the Art Wall. This allows for the enrichment of the neighborhood as well as the preservation and celebration of the South End's diverse cultural history.

"The Peters Park Art Wall is culturally significant to our city, particularly for our residents in the South End," said Mayor Walsh. "We look forward to continuing the tradition of allowing Boston's youth the opportunity for creative and cultural expression in Peters Park."

Genaro Ortega, Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Genaro Ortega is a Boston-based visual arts specialist who has taught painting and drawing for over 20 years. Currently, Ortega is a painting mentor at South Boston's Artists for Humanity as well as the Mural Curator for Madison Park High School. Ortega's proposed mural pays homage to current equality movements. Ortega graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Art and Design with a focus in Illustration.

"The Peters Park Art Wall will once again bring the community together to celebrate and preserve a history of culturally relevant art," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. "Peters Park mural has been gracing the community with art for many years and we look forward to seeing what Genaro will create."

"The South End neighborhood has long been defined by the creative energy of our community," said Kristin Phelan, Board President, Washington Gateway Main Street. "The synergy that has formed around this project between the Mayor's Office, South End organizations, artists from the original ALA Collective, residents, and creative enthusiasts is inspiring. Clearly, there is power in collaboration, and we look forward to this being the first of many projects to come."

Learn more and find additional information about community involvement with the Peters Park Graffiti Mural at www.petersparkart.com.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 BOSTON AIR PROJECT PRESENTATIONS AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

On Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2:00-4:30 PM, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), and the Boston Art Commission invite you for a first look at the exciting, socially engaged, civic practice projects currently under development by this year's ten Boston Artists-­in-­Residence (AIR). This free event includes artist presentations, the first screening of short documentaries about Boston AIR’s first-year projects, and opportunities for feedback from audience members on ways socially engaged Boston artists and community members can reimagine our city.   

Boston AIR: Projects in Process will take place in Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square. Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture, and William Morales, Commissioner of BCYF will be in attendance.

"Arts and culture form the building blocks that make our city thrive. They encourage us to engage with each other and connect to the larger community," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston AIR brings this creative practice into the work of our city departments.I look forward to the positive impact their proposals will have on BCYF and the City as a whole.”

The ten local artists have been working in a variety of media, from poetry to drumming to finger-knit basketball nets to coding and electronics, alongside representatives from BCYF and other City departments to fulfill a commitment made in Boston Creates, the city’s cultural plan, to promote creative thought in municipal problem-solving and project implementation. Artists include Salvador Jimenez-Flores, collaborating with BCYF Quincy Community Center in Chinatown; Maria Molteni collaborating with BCYF Perkins Community Center in Dorchester; Lina Giraldo, collaborating with BCYF Hyde Park Community Center; Jennifer De Leon, collaborating with BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center in Jamaica Plain; Marjorie Saintil­-Belizaire, collaborating with BCYF Mattahunt Community Center in Mattapan; Cornell Coley, collaborating with BCYF Roslindale Community Center; Charles Coe, collaborating with BCYF Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill; Ann Hirsch, collaborating with BCYF Vine Community Center in Roxbury; John A. Walsh; collaborating with BCYF Curley Community Center in South Boston; and Rashin Fahandej, collaborating with BCYF Blackstone Community Center in the South End.

The event also includes the first screening of mini-documentaries by Rashin Fahandej on Boston AIR’s first-year projects led by artists L’Merchie Frazier, Georgie Friedman, and Shaw Pong Liu. After the screenings and artist presentations, the audience will be asked to provide feedback in moderated conversations.

"When we began the Boston Artists in Residence program, we hoped that by embedding the artists in City Departments it would bring creative thought to municipal problem solving and project implementation,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “The work of our first three Artists-in-Residents exceeded our expectations.This time, we hope to have the same impact on the work being done by BCYF.”

Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, or as leaders of system-wide change projects at BCYF and other City agencies. In this way, Boston AIR is a way for the City to gain new approaches to familiar problems in city government. Ten artists have been invited to study and expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a parallel cohort from ten BCYF community centers and other City employees who will explore methods to incorporate an artistic social practice into government and community work.

"I have had the opportunity to engage with many of the projects in progress and they are so inspiring.” said William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. “We are honored to partner with these talented artists in our community centers, and, from our youth to our elders, we are benefitting so much from working with them.”

More details and an RSVP form are at bostonair-projectsinprocess.eventbrite.com.

Remember #BostonAIR

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Friday, February 3, 2017 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES RFP FOR THE PETERS PARK MURAL IN THE SOUTH END

BOSTON – Friday, February 3, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) calling on artists to submit their proposals for a mural in Peters Park in the South End. The African Latino Alliance Collective, City Lights, Washington Gateway Main Street, Friends of Peters Park, and Old Dover Neighborhood Association, in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, invite Boston artists to submit conceptual designs for the Peters Park Art Wall. The deadline to submit proposals for the $10,000 project is February 26, 2017 at midnight.  The selected mural concept is scheduled to be executed by the submitting artist(s) and a selection of Boston youth in May 2017.

"The Peters Park RFP is designed to bring local youth together with a professional artist, creating an opportunity for creative and cultural expression,” said Mayor Walsh. “Incorporating more public art into our neighborhoods brings vibrancy and value, and is an important part of our Boston Creates Cultural Plan. I look forward to seeing the proposals that are submitted for Peters Park.”

The Peters Park Art Wall was proclaimed a legal graffiti wall in 1986 in an effort to decrease vandalism in the South End. The City, in partnership with area organizations and businesses, seeks to continue the tradition of curating and programming the Art Wall, both for the enrichment of the neighborhood as well as the preservation and celebration of this area’s diverse cultural history.

The RFP is open to all professional artists, artisans, or teams, with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and working with youth. The RFP was shaped by community feedback gathered last fall and the successful proposal will celebrate and preserve a history of culturally relevant art for the next wave of artists and community youth.

"The Peters Park RFP is a true community partnership,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “We are looking forward to working with the community and local businesses to create a mural that will celebrate the South End’s cultural history.”

To see the full RFP visit the City’s open calls and applications page or go to the BAC’s “Call to artists” page. All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted to the Boston Art Commission at BAC@boston.gov.

Today’s announcement builds on Mayor Walsh’s commitment to the arts in Boston. Last June, Mayor Walsh announced the release of the city’s cultural plan, Boston Creates, a 10-year led initiative to align public and private resources to strengthen cultural vitality over the long-term, and weave arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life. Recently, Mayor Walsh announced the selection of an artist to create a public art project in Hyde Square, as well as guest curators that were selected to exhibit their work in the City Hall galleries.

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Friday, January 27, 2017 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES ARTIST SELECTED FOR THE PUBLIC ART PROJECT IN HYDE SQUARE

BOSTON – Friday, January 27, 2017 - Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that Cristina Parreño Alonso has been selected to create a public art project in Hyde Square following an open call for artists through a Request for Proposal. The artist will work with the Hyde Square community to refine the design and further develop the initial proposal. The public art project will be implemented in conjunction with the reconstruction of Hyde Square at the intersection of Centre Street, Perkins Street, and Day Street in Fall 2017.

This public art project is part of a larger effort by the Public Works Department (PWD) to reconstruct and enhance the intersection of Centre Street, Perkins Street, and Day Street, collectively known as Hyde Square. Enhancements will include increased sidewalk widths, traffic and pedestrian safety improvements, new lighting, and landscaping. A major goal of this project is to create a sense of place and enhance the public realm with artwork, which is what this request for proposal sought to accomplish.

"The Hyde Square Public Art Project will offer the Jamaica Plain community a place to meet and socialize with their fellow neighbors," said Mayor Walsh. “We heard the community’s desire to have a gathering space for people in the neighborhood, and I look forward to completing this project and fulfilling that wish, while also supporting talented artists in this community.”

Alonso, originally from Spain, has been working as an architect and teacher for the past 15 years. Her work revolves around connecting the built form with the existing environment, while taking into account the culture and needs of users, as well as the non-conventional use of materials that encourages user engagement. Alonso’s recent work, “Tectonics of Transparencies,” explores the qualities of glass as a translucent and transparent material as well as its use as a structural element. Alonso earned a degree in Architecture from Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.

"The Hyde Square public art project is an important step in moving forward the Boston Creates Cultural Plan, which calls for opportunities to integrate arts, culture, and creativity into the public realm and urban environment," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “We look forward to seeing Cristina’s work come to fruition. It will be a critical  asset to the proposed Latin Quarter Cultural District, located around Hyde Square..”

The Public Works Department (PWD), the Boston Art Commission (BAC) within the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Hyde Square Task Force, and the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street have all collaborated on the Hyde Square public art project in Jamaica Plain.

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Monday, November 21, 2016 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR NORTH SQUARE PUBLIC ART PROJECT

BOSTON - Monday, November 21, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a public art project for North Square, a public space located in the North End of Boston.  Working closely with the Public Works Department and the Boston Art Commission, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture invites artists to submit their proposals for public art to be incorporated in the reconstruction of North Square.   

"Boston Creates, the City of Boston's Cultural Plan, calls for public art that embraces a neighborhood's identity and adds to a strong sense of place," said Mayor Walsh. "Incorporating art into public works projects like this helps to showcase the incredible creativity that exists in our city." Settled in the early 1600s, the North End is one of Boston's oldest neighborhoods and has a vibrant community fabric. North Square has always been a center of community life, and today, the neighborhood is a tourist destination both for its place in American history as well as its contemporary Italian-American culture, such as summer festivals honoring patron saints of Italian cities.   
In 2017, North Square will undergo a revitalization project by the Boston Public Works Department. Designed to build on its identity as a cultural destination and making the space accessible to all, the completed project will be a livable, walkable, green and sustainable square. The City of Boston's Public Works Department has allocated $200,000 from the North Square reconstruction project budget towards a public art project that will be incorporated into the reconstruction of the Square. Background information on the project is available here.
The RFP is open to all professional artists or teams with experience in public art. Artists from the North End neighborhood are encouraged to apply.  There will be a site walkthrough available for applicants on Monday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m.  Questions will be accepted by the Boston Art Commission through Friday, December 9. The deadline to submit proposals is 5:00 p.m. on January 4, 2017.  The successful applicant will be announced in February 2017 and the public art installation is expected to be complete in the summer of 2017.
Incorporating community feedback about the site is essential and a successful proposal will honor the past and contemporary use of the Square by preserving open space, encouraging community gathering, and highlighting navigational or nautical themes.  Although history is integral to the site, proposals that balance historic references and context with a more contemporary perspective are also encouraged.
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the City of Boston and local arts professionals representing the neighborhood. For more information and to apply, visit here.
"We continue to look to integrate arts and culture into all aspects of life in Boston and to support artists in Boston," said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston.  "We look forward to seeing the proposals that are submitted for the North Square project and to incorporating more public art across the City."

 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016 Join the Friends of Frederick Douglass Sculpture to discuss the site planning

Please join the Friends of the Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project in planning the landscape design for the Frederick Douglass sculpture site.

When : Thursday, Nov. 10th, 2-5pm

Friday, Nov. 11 & Saturday, Nov. 12th, 12noon-3pm

Where: The corner of Hammond St and Tremont St.

Free snacks provided.

In collaboration with UNLR, DS4SI, Roxse Tenant Council, City of Boston.

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Monday, October 3, 2016 MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES TEN ARTISTS SELECTED FOR BOSTON AIR PROGRAM

BOSTON - Monday, October 3, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) today announced the ten artists selected for the City of Boston's second year of artists-­in-­residence program, Boston AIR. This second year of the Boston AIR program helps fulfill a commitment made in Boston Creates, the city’s cultural plan, and expands the size of the artist cohort, increases the length of the residencies, and grounds each residency at BCYF through their community centers and core citywide initiatives, such as the BCYF Streetworker Program, youth summer programs, and leadership development for young women.

"Arts and culture form the building blocks that make our city thrive. They encourage us to engage with each other and connect to the larger community," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston AIR brings this creative practice into the work of our city departments.  I am excited to announce the new Boston Artists in Residence and look forward to the positive impact they will have on BCYF.”

Recognizing and supporting artists’ essential contribution in creating and maintaining a thriving, healthy and innovative city is a stated goal in the Boston Creates plan launched earlier this summer. Boston AIR is one initiative as part of the plan that will integrate creative thinking into the work of municipal departments and planning efforts.

Through Boston AIR, artists are supported as agents of reflection, collaboration, and activism, whether through process-oriented practice, direct community engagement, and/or as leaders of system-wide change projects at BCYF and other City agencies. The ten selected artists are invited to study and expand their own civic and social practice, alongside a parallel cohort from ten BCYF community centers and other City employees who will explore methods to incorporate artistic social practice into government and community work. Both the artist and City cohorts will share examples of their work, attend master workshops and lectures by guest artists, and have opportunities to exchange ideas and co-design proposals.

The ten selected artists, each with firsthand knowledge of the cultures and communities of Boston, were chosen by a selection committee consisting of current Boston AIR participants, local arts professionals, BCYF leadership, and City staff. The artists are:

  • Salvador Jimenez-Flores, an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. Jiménez­-Flores is currently participating in a two year-­long artist residency at the Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University. He is also Resident Teaching Artist at Urbano Project and instructor at both Wheelock College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard.

  • Maria Molteni, a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer who has lived and worked in Boston for the past 15 years. From fiber to found-object sculpture, puppetry to pedagogy, movement to publication, she employs tactile and tactical processes to encourage participation over spectatorship.

  • Lina Giraldo, a Colombia-born, Boston-based artist, she explores the questions of being Latino in the US. This is why for over 15 years her work has been focused on creating messages where she depicts the fragility of our environment, immigration concerns, and community equality.

  • Jennifer De Leon has worked as a teacher in Boston Public Schools, a public speaker, a college access counselor in Roxbury, a GrubStreet Creative Writing instructor, and most recently, as the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer­-in-­Residence. She currently teaches at Emerson and Berklee and is working on two novels and an essay collection.

  • Marjorie Saintil­-Belizaire is a Haitian-­American mixed media artist who lives and creates in Mattapan. Her work is driven by her fascination of color and the physicality of texture. With art degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston University, she believes the making of art is an ongoing experiment in an ongoing process.

  • Cornell Coley, M.Ed. is an experienced drummer, dancer, teacher, and public performance artist whose influences include the traditions of West and Central Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil. Also a trained HealthRHYTHMS facilitator and certified by the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, he works in community-building, education, and therapy. 

  • Charles Coe is an author and poet. His poetry and prose has appeared in a number of literary reviews and anthologies and has published two books of poetry. He is in the second year of a three-year term as an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports arts and the humanities in Greater Boston.

  • Ann Hirsch is a public artist, sculptor and educator who creates site-specific works that integrate historical and contemporary practices. Ann gained wide recognition with a sculpture on the plaza of Boston City Hall dedicated to the legacy of human rights activist and basketball champion Bill Russell. She teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

  • John A. Walsh tells stories with and pictures. John is the co-author and illustrator of the graphic novel The Bad Times, a story of love and friendship set during the Irish Famine. His graphic narratives often explore the intersection of racism, religious bigotry, and immigration. John lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.

  • Rashin Fahandej  is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose projects include feature documentaries, video-sound installations, photo, sculpture, and painting. Fahandej is currently teaching at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bunker Hill Community College, Emmanuel College, and a research fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab where she is researching new forms of documentary filmmaking and developing a transmedia project based on the narratives and stories in the city of Boston.

Each artist will be awarded a $22,500 stipend for a nine-month-long residency to develop and test ways that creative approaches can meaningfully impact the work of the public sector and society at large. Each artist will be paired with one of ten designated BCYF community centers and provided a studio space at that center.

"When we began the Boston Artists in Residence program, we hoped that by embedding the artists in City Departments  it would bring creative thought to municipal problem solving and project implementation,” said Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. “The work of our first three Artists in Residents exceeded our expectations.This time, we hope to have the same impact on the work being done by Boston Centers for Youth and Families.”

The mission of Boston Centers for Youth & Families is to enhance the quality of life of Boston’s residents by partnering with various organizations to offer a wide range of comprehensive programs and activities according to neighborhood needs and interests. BCYF’s ACES programming framework (arts, civic  and community engagement, education, and sports and fitness) is designed to provide access to these programs at every BCYF center. Through Boston AIR, BCYF hopes to expand their arts and civic engagement programs.

The residencies will be grounded in the following community centers:

  • BCYF Roslindale Community Center, Roslindale

  • BCYF Blackstone Community Center, South End

  • BCYF Perkins Community Center, Dorchester

  • BCYF Mattahunt Community Center, Mattapan

  • BCYF Quincy Community Center, Chinatown

  • BCYF Curley Community Center, South Boston

  • BCYF Tobin Community Center, Mission Hill

  • BCYF Vine Street Community Center, Roxbury

  • BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, Jamaica Plain

  • BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, Hyde Park

"There are so many benefits to being exposed to art at a young age," said William Morales, Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families. “We are honored to host these talented people in our community centers and look forward to seeing how their projects will help enhance the work that we do here at BCYF.”

CONTACT

Questions? Please contact:  BAC@Boston.gov 

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