I’m honored to participate in Now + There’s 2019 Public Art Accelerator program. I can hardly wait to get started.
A bit about the program In the words of Now and There’s Lean Triplett Harrington:
“Can we change the way Boston creates public art? Over the last year, we've been trying to do just that. With 2018's pilot program, the Public Art Accelerator, Now + There partnered with six Boston-based artists and communities from East Boston to Roxbury. Artists and communities worked collaboratively to present engaging, interactive, and temporary artworks. As they developed projects particular to neighborhoods around Boston, Now + There provided curatorial, technical, and financial support. We learned, we laughed, and together, we made art and shared experiences.
We’re excited to continue learning, growing, and supporting Boston’s artists and communities and humbled to announce the second year of Now + There’s Public Art Accelerator, generously funded by Joyce Linde. In 2018, Linde quietly fostered our own growth by supporting our pilot year of the Accelerator. We’re deeply grateful for her commitment to Boston artists and communities.
We can't wait to start working with David Buckley Borden, Pat Falco, Samantha Fields, Dell Hamilton, Cat Mazza, and Daniela Rivera to continue changing the way Boston creates--and lives with--public art. These artists are working through a variety of issues that affect Boston and beyond, from climate change to affordable housing and social equality.
Like their predecessors, the 2019 cohort will receive hands-on coaching from concept to (permitted!) completion. These artists represent many different backgrounds and sensibilities and work in a range of media. Each is deeply dedicated to Boston and its neighborhoods, and is committed to sharing their work with the people across our city.
The Accelerator supports people, not just projects, equipping local artists with the skills they need to make meaningful public art for Boston audiences. The six artists comprising the 2019 cohort were among twenty-seven nominated by Boston-area curators and were selected by a panel of public art experts and practitioners including Karin Goodfellow, Ekua Holmes, Beth Kantrowitz, and Cher Krause Knight. We’re excited to accelerate the possibilities of public art in 2019!”
- Leah Triplett Harrington