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Friday, August 15, 2014 Pop Up! Dudley Connections

The Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture and the Boston Art Commission Announce “Pop Up! Dudley Connections” with Eight New Temporary Public Art Projects in Dudley Square


BOSTON - The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission are proud to announce “Pop Up! Dudley Connections,” a selection of temporary public and performance art projects in Roxbury’s Dudley Square neighborhood. Images are available upon request.


“The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, named after Bruce Bolling, the first African-American president of the Boston City Council, will be the next great building in Boston,” says Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Opening late next year as a 150,000-square-foot municipal center with retail and office space, it is a critical step in the ongoing economic revitalization of Dudley Square, using the neighborhood’s past as a foundation to build its future. These pop-up public art projects from area artists are visual and dynamic ways to signal positive changes in the neighborhood.”


“Boston is one of the oldest U.S. cities, yet is well known for its climate of transformation,” says Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission. “We are a city that moves between convention and innovation and Dudley Square is currently at the apex of the city’s transformation. We believe that public art is an expression of our passionate ideals, intellectual curiosity, and cultural narrative. Engaging the public in a lively and ongoing discussion on public art as an integral part of city life.”


Partners on “Pop Up! Dudley Connections” include Discover Roxbury, Dudley Square Main Streets, Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Parks & Recreation Department, The Boston Public Library, Bryana Siobhan, Helina Metaferia, Alejandro Pinto, Artward Bound with Fish McGill and Carolyn Lewenberg of Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Darrell Ann-Gane McCalla, James Ovid Mustin, Ricardo Gomez, and Thomas Burns with Alliger Arts, Irene Smalls, and Nathaniel Wyrick.


Details about the permanent public art projects at the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building will be shared this fall.



The public and performance art projects that make up “Pop Up! Dudley Connections” include:


Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla with Shea Justice & Cassandra Cato-Louis: Change, Loss, and Gain in Dudley

Dates: August 15 and 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Justice Gourdin Park, intersection of Mt. Washington Ave and Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA, 02119


Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla ( lives in Cambridge and is an artist committed to radical social change, promoting art as a vital element in the struggle for human rights and in the creation of new ways of living. Her own practice is primarily sculpture, illustration, and mixed media. Her community collaborations are mainly murals, mosaics, and workshops. Gane-McCalla believes that art can change perceptions; create spaces for dialogue, instill senses of possibility, and add vibrancy, meaning, and direction to our lives.



Bryana Siobhan: Untitled

Dates and times: August 19, 21, 26, and 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Sidewalk in front of Haley House ( at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury, MA 02119


Emerging artist Bryana Siobhan ( is currently a Masters Candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Art of Boston and an Alumni of the Corcoran College of Art + Design with a Bachelors in Fine Art. She lives and works in Roxbury as a performance artist, founder of Revolutionary Performance (, a performance art archive, and as a founding member of Petrichor Performance Collective. Working in the topic of US-centric social politics regarding race, gender, and mental health, Siobhan draws cultural cues and signifiers from the African-American, Afro-Cuban, and indigenous American (NDN) cultures.



Irene Smalls: Doing the Dutch Down Dudley

Date and time: August 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Dudley Town Common Park


Irene Smalls (, BA, MBA, lives in Back Bay and is an award-winning author, storyteller, and historian. Smalls’ presentations include core components of literacy instruction for students K-5 using a variety of instructional approaches: reading aloud, word study, shared reading, and movement. For older students she discusses the publishing business, the writing process, and the job of being a writer and risk taking. Smalls is the author of 15 children's books and 3 interactive storytelling CDs.



Artward Bound with Fish McGill & Carolyn Lewenberg: Art & Social Change: Dudley Kiosk

Installation date: August 18

Location: Justice Gourdin Park, intersection of Mt. Washington Ave and Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA, 02119


Artward Bound ( is a four-year college access program in the visual arts. At home on MassArt's campus, Artward Bound prepares youth in 8th-12th grades with the artistic and academic skills needed for admission to and success at an art or design college or other post-secondary institution. Artward Bound balances artistic development with academic progress to establish confidence in education.



Nathaniel Wyrick: Papaw Passing Time II

Dates and times:

• August 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• August 29, 31, September 1, 2, and 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

• September 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: in front of Dudley Square Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119


Nathaniel Wyrick ( is a multidisciplinary artist that is currently living and working in Jamaica Plain. Wyrick’s work is autobiographical in nature. Much of Wyrick’s work is concerned with the exploration of identity, masculinity, and sexuality, especially in relation to memory. This approach has been guiding Wyrick in the creation of objects or performances that draw from a fraction of a much larger image or issue.



Helina Metaferia: These Words Matter

Date and time: August 23 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Dudley Square Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119


Helina Metaferia ( lives in Roxbury and is an Ethiopian-American fine artist specializing in mixed media visual artwork. She works with themes of power, self-realization, and divine femininity. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries nationwide, and has also completed over 20 large-scale murals in the Washington, DC region. Helina received her formal art education at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and at Morgan State University, where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. Helina is currently a Masters Candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.



Alejandro Pinto: Untitled. (Portrait of Malcolm X)

Date: Installation in early-September

Location: 2201 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119


Alejandro Pinto lives in Hyde Park and attended Mass College of Art and Design, majoring in Film and Illustration. He has completed legal graffiti art projects in Roxbury (Bartlett Yard), Dorchester (Dorchester Baseball, The Murphy Middle School, Cavata Clothing, Beantown Athletics, Crossfit 617), and South Boston (F-15 Training Center and Peter Welch's Boxing Gym). Pinto’s work can be seen on The Travel Channel's “No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain” and television show “The Fighters.”



James Ovid Mustin, Ricardo Gomez, Thomas Burns: Untitled (Nelson Mandela Mural)

Date: Install/Painting will begin in early September

Location: Wall at intersection of Warren & Clifford Street, Roxbury, MA 02119


James Ovid Mustin ( is a Roxbury/Jamaica Plain-based painter, printmaker, and muralist, inspired by and integrated in the physical environment around him. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and his works can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts.


Ricardo Gomez (DEME 5) is a native of the Dominican Republic, currently living in Dorchester. DEME5 [dēm-fīv] ( draws inspiration from his gritty environment, using a keen sense of design and stylized vision to transform any surface put before him. Although aerosol is his primary medium, he often incorporates different mediums to execute his ideas.  His future goals include exhibiting at contemporary institutions, collaborating with like-minded artists, and sharing his work with the people of Boston and the world.


Thomas Burns is born and raised in Boston. He is an artist that works in a variety of mediums and has worked on murals throughout the city as well as displayed his art in local galleries.


Dudley Square is accessible by MBTA via the Silver Line and numerous bus lines ( ). On street parking is available throughout Dudley Square.


For additional information, call 617-635-3245 or visit


About the Boston Art Commission

The Boston Art Commission, established in 1890, exercises legal authority to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. The Art Commission has care and custody of all paintings, murals, statues, bas-reliefs, sculptures, monuments, fountains, arches and other permanent structures intended for ornament or commemoration on City property. The Art Commission is appointed by the Mayor and consists of eight Boston residents, each nominated by a Boston cultural institution. Art Commission meetings are held on the first Tuesday afternoon of each month.

For more information, visit


About Discover Roxbury

Discover Roxbury promotes civic engagement and economic development in Roxbury through tours and events that leverage the community's artistic, cultural, historic, and culinary assets. For more information, visit


About Dudley Square Main Streets

Dudley Square Main Streets Revitalization Corporation is a commercial revitalization organization located in Boston’s historic Dudley Square Commercial District, “the Heart and Soul of Roxbury.” Since 1995, Main Streets has worked to recruit new businesses, assist businesses with storefront renovations; provide technical assistance to business owners; work with developers on large anchor parcels, and celebrate the rich cultural diversity and history of the district. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Dance Party on City Hall Plaza! Mayor Martin J. Walsh presents Bollywood Night!


 Dance Party on City Hall Plaza! Mayor Martin J. Walsh presents Bollywood Night!

Please join us for a Bollywood Bhangra dance party taking place on Boston’s City Hall Plaza Friday, June 27, 2014, 6–10pm.

This FREE dance party will be the first of four dance parties scheduled for the summer! Check out the schedule below.
In association with and Midnight Productionz, the festive event will start off with vibrant cultural dances and Bhangra & folk dances performed by Triveni School of Dance and others. The event will transition into a Bollywood dance party, hosted by Boston’s DJ Jay and DJ Mayur, and featuring Bollywood and Bhangra remixes. 

The event is open and free to the public. Boston City Hall Plaza is accessible by public transportation, and the MBTA offers an online trip planner to assist with directions for subway, local bus, and train: 


Friday Nights Dance Party on the Plaza

+ DJ Jay & DJ Mayur with Midnight Productionz. 
+ Co-sponsored with  
+ Spinning Bollywood,  Bhangra and Desi Music.
+ DJ Kon (aka Christian Taylor): Disco Dance Party to celebrate Donna Summer, Dorchester's disco icon.
+ 60s, 70s, soul-funk- R&B DJs.
+ DJ TY Jesso: Soulelujah
+ DJ Jeff: Cultures of Soul  
+ DJ Rob Suave: Salsa, Merengue , Bachata, Reggaeton, and Cha Cha Salsa. 
+ Pico Picante: Global Bass, Tropical, Latin, Digital Cumbia


Featuring Talib Kweli and Clinton Sparks
Saturday, August 23 from 5-8pm on City Hall Plaza
An evolution of the Peace Hip Hop Festival, the Boston Urban Music Festival offers a contemporary view of the urban music scene in and around Boston celebrating the best of Hip-Hop, R & B, Pop and Soul.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Local Artist Janet Echelman To Float High in 2015

The Rose Kennedy Greenway recently announced that local Bostonian and internationally renowned artist Janet Echelman will suspend a monumental, aerial sculpture over the Greenway for Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2015 as the signature contemporary art installation in the Greenway Conservancy's Public Art Program.

Echelman piece installed in Vancouver, B.C. in 2014.


Echelman is known for her soft, billowing sculptures the scale of buildings that respond to the forces of nature -- wind, water, and light. Her creation for Boston will be a knotted-fiber scultpure suspended hundreds of feet over the central section of the Greenway. The ultra-lightweight art moves gently with the wind in ever changing patterns. In daylight, it casts shadow-drawings on the ground, and at night it become a beacon with dynamic colored light. The sculpture is Echelman's first major Boston commission and will connect between existing buildings to form a visual linkage and a focal point for civic life.

To read more about the Greenway installation click here and to visit Echelman's website and see more of her past work click here.



Friday, June 13, 2014 Women in Movement & MBTA Call to Artists


The Women's Transportation Seminar Boston Charitable Fund, Inc. is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for the Women in Movement public art project inside Boston’s historic South Station.

Project Theme

WTS-Boston is working towards a new public art installation to celebrate the contributions, diversity and creativity that women bring to the transportation industry. Through a partnership with MassDOT and the MBTA, WTS-Boston will be installing a public art at the Red Line Concourse in South Station. The winning public art piece will be a site-specific, permanent work commemorating women’s contributions to transportation in the Greater Boston area. The project will enhance this main transit hub and continue the proud tradition of public art already adorning the MBTA system.

Additional information about the project including images and site map can be found here.

Art Budget: $150,000.

Application Process

Please submit a resume, artist’s statement and up to 10 images of past work here.

Applications are due Monday, July 21, 2014. There is no fee to apply.

Information Session

Open meeting / Information / Q&A session with site visit Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 6 – 7 pm.

Meet at HDR Engineering at 695 Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

For more information, and to RSVP for the information session, please contact Jean Mineo at


Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Emancipation Statue & Trail


On June 22, 2014 at 12:30PM at Harriet Tubman, the Friends of Harriet Tubman Park will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of Emancipation sculpture and the introduction of the Emancipation Trail- Boston's newest historic trail which uses public art to represent how the African American experience exemplifies the American quest for freedom, equality and justice.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 The Freedom Project

Request for Qualifications: The Freedom Public Art Project (Doherty-Gibson Park: Dorchester, MA)

Application Deadline: Friday, June 20, 2014 at midnight, MST

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, announces a Request for Qualifications for permanent public art work at Doherty-Gibson Park in Dorchester, MA. The goal of The Freedom Public Art Project is to create an original, site-specific, and highly visible work to identify Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture.


Project Theme

The Freedom Public Art Project should serve as an inspiration for the neighborhood’s aspirations for freedom from poverty and crime, and simultaneously honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy under the unifying principle of treasuring human life.

The Freedom Public Art Project is not a war memorial. A wide range of interpretations to the theme of “Freedom” is expected and encouraged. The project could serve as an inspiration to act, a reflection on sacrifice, or an expression of gratitude. Other interpretations on the theme are welcomed.

Most importantly, the Freedom Public Art Project should create a positive impression of Doherty-Gibson Park and boost civic pride by enhancing the identity of Fields Corner. Bold and engaging designs are encouraged and may include tactile, auditory or light elements. The artwork should be accessible to a diverse and intergenerational audience.

Art Budget: Not to exceed $250,000

Application Process: All materials must submitted in digital format through CaFE™. Please apply here

There is no fee to apply. Applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014 at midnight, MST. Applicants will be notified of their application status by Friday, July 18, 2014.
Additional information about the Freedom Public Art Project is available on the Viet-AID website or by contacting Project Manager Jean Mineo at
Monday, May 19, 2014 Call to Artists: Pop-Up! Dudley Connections

The City of Boston and the Boston Art Commission, with support from Dudley Square Main Streets and Discover Roxbury, is excited to announce a new call to artists. The project, titled Pop Up! Dudley Connections, will be a month-long series of temporary art interventions in Dudley Square. Selected proposals will receive funding of up to $1,500 per project. Artists working in any medium, including performance art, are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to projects that focus on fostering connections between people and communities. Proposals should closely consider the relationship between the art and its environment and should promote interactivity with passersby. For more details on the project, and to apply, please click here.

Applications must be received by 11:59pm on Sunday, June 15th. 

Please contact Karin Goodfellow, Director of the Boston Art Commission, at with any questions. 




Friday, May 16, 2014 Portrait of a City Semi-Finalists

Just two months ago, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission invited Boston artists to submit artwork capturing contemporary life in the city as gifts to visiting diplomats and distinguished guests. Of the many wonderful submissions received, five semi-finalists were selected. Now we are asking for your help in choosing the winner! 

Congratulations to our Portrait of a City Semi-Finalists: Adam O'Day, Deb Putnam, Kathleen Douglas, Laura Davidson, and Remi Thornton! One work of art from each artist is shown below. Please vote on which artwork you think should be selected as the finalist! Cast your vote here!

The artist whose work receives the most votes will be commissioned to produce thirty editions of the chosen artwork, to be purchased by the Mayor's Office.

Voting will be closed at 11:59pm on June 15, 2014.


Adam O'Day, Transit


Deb Putnam, Copley Winter


Kathleen Douglas, Zakim and Garden World Series Winners


Laura Davidson, Old Northern Ave. Bridge


Remi Thornton, Charlestown Bridge 



Tuesday, May 13, 2014 PaintBox!

Help beautify the streets of Boston! Submit your designs to paint electrical boxes around the city-- apply to PaintBox today!


Thursday, April 17, 2014 Upham's Corner Public Art Finalist Announced


Upham's Corner

Above: Cedric Douglas' Up Truck, from Upham's Corner News Online


The Boston Art Commission is pleased to announce that Cedric Douglas has been selected as the lead artist for the Upham's Corner Public Art Project. Artist Katarzyna Balug will be joining Douglas as a collaborator. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, will commission Douglas to create an artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester as part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor. 

During the first phase of the public artwork, Cedric Douglas will gather community input, incorporating feedback from residents into his final design. Central to this stage of the process is Douglas' Up Trucka mobile arts resource will serve the focal point for these community conversations. Once the final design is ready and the location has been selected, fabrication and installation of the permenant artwork will begin. 

The project seeks to contribute to the well-being of Fairmount communities by investing in the elevation and amplification of local cultural assets as one of many resources necessary for sustained community vitality. The goal of the project is to invest in neighborhood leadership and civic engagement through their cultural assets reinforcing opportunities for neighborhood branding, small business development and community vitality. 

Check back in the coming months for more updates on this exciting new public artwork, and click here to learn more about the project and chosen artist, Cedric Douglas.


Above: Mayor Marty J. Walsh at the announcement of the Upham's Corner Public Art Finalist 


Upham's Corner 2

Above: Cedric Douglas' Up Truck, from Upham's Corner News Online