Boston Art Commission

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Mayor Walsh Announces Cabinet Level Chief of Arts + Culture

Important step in ongoing elevation of arts in Boston, Appointee led Chicago’s cultural planning process

BOSTON – Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of Julie Burros as Boston’s first Chief of Arts and Culture in more than 20 years, following a national search. Burros will be tasked with stewarding the creation of Boston’s Cultural Plan, and work as an advocate for the arts community across new policy creation. Burros is currently the director of Cultural Planning for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, a position she has held for more than 15 years. She will begin her role as Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston in December 2014.

“I’ve said from Day One that I want to elevate Boston’s arts and culture profile,” said Mayor Walsh. “During the campaign, I often heard about the need for the arts to be more integrated into the lives of residents and visitors. Julie will bring a fresh perspective and a strong foundation of expertise to envision Boston’s cultural future and execute a master plan for the arts.”

In her position with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Burros works at the intersection of planning, culture, community development, and capacity building. During her tenure she has strengthened the arts community, and improved the City of Chicago’s cultural identity. Burros has a diversity of experience in policymaking, grant programming, non-profit development, and municipal government.

“Julie was instrumental in developing the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan and engaging the public in that process,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “Our heartfelt congratulations to Julie. This is a tremendous opportunity for her, and she will do a wonderful job.”

“I am so thrilled to be joining Mayor Walsh’s team and look forward to putting all my experience to work for the people of Boston,” said Julie Burros. “Boston has great potential in the arts world, and this is a unique opportunity to examine all of Boston’s cultural assets and align them with Mayor Walsh’s vision to make arts and culture a key piece across all City departments.”

Burros led the creation of the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012, which was awarded the Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning from the Metropolitan Planning Council, and is leading its implementation. In addition, in her current role she acts as a liaison between the arts community and regulatory City departments resolving issues with zoning, licensing, permitting, and building codes; visions the redevelopment of vacant spaces in the City for arts uses, and supports Chicago’s cultural districts. Her signature work in Chicago includes the 2009 Burnham Plan Centennial Pavilions in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Landscape survey of 2002.

Burros did her undergraduate work at the college at the University of Chicago, majoring in sociology, and did her graduate work at Columbia University at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, with a focus on planning for the built environment.

As Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston, Burros will oversee a staff of 9 housed within the Boston Arts Commission and the Boston Cultural Council, with a budget of $1.3 million. The Chief position has an annual salary of $125,000, and also includes oversight of the Boston Public Library system. The Arts + Culture cabinet was created by Mayor Walsh to elevate arts and culture by separating it from the previous administration’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.

Pulling from her experience working on the Chicago Cultural Plan, Burros will steer Boston’s 15-member Cultural Planning Committee through Boston’s cultural planning process. The Plan will be shaped by a public conversation with the goal of creating a long-term vision that better capitalizes on existing resources and makes the City’s arts and culture creative portfolio stronger, more accessible, more sustainable, and more diverse. Burros will promote and execute the final plan, secure resources, and oversee its implementation and evaluation. In addition, she will be tasked with ensuring that all relevant City programs are aligned with the Plan.

In addition as Chief, Burros will work to create a vehicle through which the City can increase diversity and inclusion in the arts, seek grants and sponsorship opportunities, and secure funding and support for Boston’s arts community. Burros will seek to grow the arts in Boston across disciplines, from theater to dance, to the visual arts to public art.

The Arts and Culture Chief search committee included 11-members, and was led by Joyce Linehan, Mayor Walsh’s Chief of Policy.

Committee Members:

Kathy Bitetti, Artist

Patricia Boyle-McKenna, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

David Dower, ArtsEmerson

Michael Evans, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Danny Green, Mayor’s Office

Vineet Gupta, Boston Transportation Department

Para Jayasinghe, Public Works Department

Jill Medvedow, Institute of Contemporary Art

Charlayne Murrell-Smith, Children’s Museum

Lois Roach, playwright/teacher

Miguel Rodriguez, Boston Baroque

Friday, September 19, 2014 Call to Boston Public Schools Artists: First Night Button Art

First Night

Call to Boston Public Schools Artists: First Night Button Art

 

The Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture and First Night Boston invite students currently enrolled in Boston Public Schools to submit original artwork to be the visual identity of the 2015 First Night Boston festival of the arts. The winning selection will be featured on the official 2015 First Night button; on the program guide; on posters, print, broadcast ads, and more. The selected artist will also receive a $500 stipend.

The artist with the winning selection must be available for interviews with print and broadcast media. Each student may submit one artwork for consideration.  Find the application here

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Sun Boxes:temporary art installations

Sun Boxes by Craig Colorusso 


TIME FRAME: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sun Boxes are travailing solar powered sound installation. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

The scheduled installation dates for Sun Boxes are as follows:

Copley Square, Thursday, September 18, 10:30 am-sundown

Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Friday, September 19, 10:30 am-sundown

Boston Common, Saturday, September 20, 10:30 am-sundown

The Children's Museum, Fort Point, Sunday, September 21, 10:30 am-sundown

Monday, September 15, 2014 Boston Cultural Council accepting applications for 2015 grant funding cycle

BOSTON – The Boston Cultural Council (BCC) is now accepting applications for its 2015 grant funding cycle. Under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture, the BCC annually distributes funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, to support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences programming that enhances the quality of life in Boston.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has committed to matching the funds provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for the 2015 grant funding cycle from the City of Boston’s budget. The BCC’s budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is $163,080, a 6% increase of $11,060 over Fiscal Year 2014.

“This additional resource will enable the BCC to approve a greater number of grant applications than in year's past,” says Mayor Walsh. “These grants support a wide variety of artistic projects and activities in Boston, including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residences or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.”

Applications and guidelines are available online at: www.bostonculturalcouncil.com. Applications will be accepted in the following categories: Music, Film and Video, Traditional and Folk Arts, Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Humanities, Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, and Field Trips.

Grant information workshops will be held in the Commonwealth Salon at the Boston Public Library on Friday, September 19, and Friday, October 3, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m.

The BCC is comprised of 13 Boston residents appointed by Mayor Walsh to serve for up to six years each. The BCC annually reviews applications during a series of fall meetings conducted to evaluate the overall quality of proposed programming and its potential benefit to diverse audiences in neighborhoods throughout Boston. 

The BCC’s grantees will be announced in January 2015. For additional information on the Boston Cultural Council, visit www.bostonculturalcouncil.com .

Monday, September 8, 2014 R Visions for Chinatown: CALL TO ARTISTS Deadline September 19, 2014

The Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association is excited to announce a new call to artists.

The project, entitled R Visions for Chinatown, will be a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown sited on or highlighting public parcels or vacant properties with potential for community development.

Artists working in any medium are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to concepts for projects that focus on the theme of stabilizing Chinatown’s future. To apply, please submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the Wong/Yee Gallery by Friday, September 19, 2014.

Following initial submissions of an LOI, selected artists will participate in a community planning session to be held on the evening of Thursday, September 25th, in which Chinatown residents can talk with artists about their goals and visions for the future of Chinatown. Following the planning session, artists will begin production on a project which expresses or conveys these visions.

Projects may include but are not limited to paintings, prints, posters, chalk murals, structural installations, projections, or performance pieces. Proposals should closely consider the relationship between the art and its environment and should promote interactivity with passersby. Selected proposals will receive funding of up to $1,000 per project.

R Visions for Chinatown will be scheduled as a week of public art in Chinatown to run for a seven-day period, from October 19 - 25, 2014. 

Proposed sites for art intervention include:

PARCEL 24 (site of the One Greenway development currently in construction on Hudson Street)

PARCEL A (site of the Josiah Quincy Upper School on Washington Street)

PARCEL 12 (parking lot between Tremont and Washington Streets near the Double Tree Hotel)

PARCEL R1 (parking lot on Tyler Street south of Kneeland Street, former site of the old Chinatown YMCA)

CHINA TRADE CENTER at 2 Boylston Street (corner of Boylston & Washington Street)

 

Please send your LOI, along with links to previous work and any additional questions to: wygallery@cpaboston.org For more information, please visit wongyeegallery.tumblr.com.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Art Commission Name George Fifield of Boston Cyberarts to Board
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Art Commission Name George Fifield of Boston Cyberarts to Board

 

George Fifield black&white

 

BOSTON – Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Art Commission have named George Fifield, the Founder and Director of Boston Cyberarts, to its Board for a five-year term. Nominated by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, George Fifield is the first board member to fill the new seat on the Boston Art Commission, which was recently expanded from a five-member to a nine-member board.

 

“George brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board of the Boston Art Commission,” said Mayor Walsh. “His broad understanding of digital arts and media is perfectly aligned with our strong support for public art and artists. George will be a tremendous asset to both the Boston Art Commission and the City of Boston.”

“I want to thank Mayor Walsh and the Boston Art Commission for this exciting opportunity,” said George Fifield. “I look forward to helping to bring innovative and contemporary public art to Boston.”

Fifield is a media arts curator, writer, teacher, and artist. He is the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts, Inc. (http://bostoncyberarts.org), a nonprofit arts organization, which produced the biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival and currently manages The Boston Cyberarts Gallery inside the Green Street MBTA station on the Orange line. Fifield is a long-time Jamaica Plain resident.

The Boston Cyberarts Festival celebrated a long tradition of technological and artistic innovation throughout Massachusetts from 1999 through 2011. The festival showcased artists and high-technology professionals from around the world who use new technology to advance traditional visual and performing arts disciplines.

Boston Cyberarts also works on a variety of special projects in Boston, including Art on the Marquee (http://www.artonthemarquee.com) in partnership with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

Boston Cyberarts, the National Park Service, and Boston Harbor Islands Alliance are also collaborating on an ongoing project to commission public algorithmic art for display on the LED screens at the park Welcome Center on the Greenway between Faneuil Hall and the Ferry Ticket Center on Long Wharf.

From 1993 to 2006, Fifield was curator of new media at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, an hour-long documentary on the history of the media arts. Produced by the DeCordova Museum for WGBH-TV, The Electronic Canvas aired in April 2000 in Boston and subsequently was in national PBS distribution. Fifield is also executive producer for the feature length comedy Made-Up, written and produced by his wife, Lynne Adams.

In addition, Fifield has written on a variety of media, technology and art topics for Artbyte, Bomb, Communication Arts, Digital Fine Arts, The Independent Film and Video Monthly, Sculpture Magazine, and Art New England. Among his numerous curatorial efforts, he co-curated the computer installation art show, The Computer Is Not Sorry at the Space in January 1993 and in May 1999, he co-curated Mind Into Matter, the first international survey show of new digital sculpture at the Computer Museum in Boston.

Fifield has taught at a number of institutions on New Media subjects. Presently he is adjunct faculty with the Digital Media program at Rhode Island School of Design where he teaches a graduate level course on Interactivity in the Fine Arts. He has lectured at Harvard University, Brandeis University, Massachusetts College of Art, University of California Los Angeles, University of Tampa, and many others.

Fifield is also a member of VideoSpace, which he founded in 1991. VideoSpace, a project of Boston Cyberarts Inc., is a collective of media artists who have organized and presented exhibitions of video art at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Mobius performance space in Boston, the Harvard Film Archives at Harvard University and produced shows for the Public Access Television Consortium of Eastern Massachusetts and arts organizations throughout New England. His own art videos have been exhibited at the Dallas Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the International Super 8 Film and Video Festival in Brussels, Belgium among others.

In 2006, Fifield was honored with the First Annual Special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Boston Arts Community by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Boston Chapter.

Boston Art Commission’s current Board members can be found at http://www.publicartboston.com/content/who.

For additional information about the Boston Art Commission, visit http://publicartboston.com.  

Monday, August 25, 2014 (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival

Please join us for (ähts): The Boston Arts Festival, August 30th and 31st, featuring the best of the Boston art scene with visual, musical, and performance art, as well as food trucks and fireworks!

RSVP and read full descriptions at https://www.facebook.com/events/280902982107796/ 

Schedule:

Saturday, August 30th

12:00 - 12:45: TBA
1:00 - 1:45 City Stage Co.
2:00 - 2:45 Origination
3:00 - 3:45 Los Rumberso
4:00 - 4:45 J Hoard
5:00 - 5:45 Thalia Zedek Band
6:00 - 6:45 Nick Flynn 
Sunday, August 31st

1 :00 - 1:45 City Stage Co.
2:00 - 2:45 Grey Season 
3:00 - 3:45 Isis Lune
4:00 - 4:45 IntaAfrika
5:00 - 7:00 The Moth
+ Let's talk about BEAUTY... the Moth Story Hour will be performing true stories based on the theme of beauty. Watch and listen to a radio broadcast in action.

 

Visual Arts:

EAR1 Project with Brack Morrow

Inspired by NASA’s Curiosity rover mission to Mars, the EAR1 Project (Earth Aural Rover) deploys sculptural objects built from musical instruments to resemble machines of science. Through the interplay of these hybrid apparatuses, the EAR1 Project performs missions of exploration, traversing the terrain of city and countryside alike, making recordings, taking photos, shooting video, and performing compositions in a collaboration between artists, scientists, musicians and nature.

Please stop and join artist Brack Morrow in a conversation about listening to environment.

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Boston Contemporary Art Museum For Contemporary Art, Artists, And Their Contemporaries with Pat Falco and various artists

Boston Contemporary Art Museum For Contemporary Art, Artists, And Their Contemporaries is a contemporary art museum for Boston contemporary art, artists, and their contemporaries.

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Water Graffiti with Mike Mei and Shaw Pong Liu

Guided public water calligraphy play area, introducing public to writing of Chinese characters and encouraging them to create their own symbol for peace. 

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Up Truck with Cedric Douglas

Join Cedric Douglas and the Up Truck for painting, t-shirt making, and other interactive art making activities. Who wouldn't want a wearable souvenir to commemorate the last (and best) weekend of summer?

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These Words Matter with Helina Metaferia

Trade card catalogues with Helina! The local artist will be in costume in this participatory performance art piece, inviting passerbys to engage in a dialogue about African American authors. Share your favorite books, get suggestions for a reading list, and make your own wearable art!

 

RSVP and read full descriptions at https://www.facebook.com/events/280902982107796/ 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, August 25, 2014 Call to Artists: Fenway's 30 Second Cinema

Filmmakers! Digtial Artists! Animators! Get your art seen on a big screen. The City of Boston wants to display the work of Boston artists in Fenway. Winning submissions will be displayed between September 8th and December 8th on Orange Barrel Media's prominent digital billboard located on Lansdowne and Ipswich Street!

Each winning submission will be displayed every hour for 30 seconds between regular advertising programming.

The deadline to submit is September 22nd 11:59pm EST.

Winners will be announced on October 1st.

For more information click here and to apply click here.

 

 

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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 (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darrell-Ann-Gane-McCalla/119251458102737) 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 (http://haleyhouse.org) at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury, MA 02119

 

Emerging artist Bryana Siobhan (http://www.bryanasiobhan.com) 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 (http://revolutionaryperformance.tumblr.com), 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 (http://www.irenesmalls.com/irenesmalls.com/Welcome.html), 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 (http://www.massart.edu/Continuing_Education/Youth_Programs/Artward_Bound.html) 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 (http://nathanielwyrick.com) 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 (http://www.helinametaferia.com) 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 (http://jmustin3.tumblr.com/) 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] (http://www.deme5.com/) 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 (http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/lines/stations/?stopId=11496 ). On street parking is available throughout Dudley Square.

 

For additional information, call 617-635-3245 or visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/arts.

 

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 http://www.publicartboston.com.

 

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 http://www.discoverroxbury.org.

 

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 http://www.dudleysquare.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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 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 GenerationDesi.com 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: www.mbta.com. 

 

Friday Nights Dance Party on the Plaza

June 27 - INDIAN DANCE PARTY
+ DJ Jay & DJ Mayur with Midnight Productionz. 
+ Co-sponsored with Generationdesi.com.  
+ Spinning Bollywood,  Bhangra and Desi Music.
July 18 - KON & THE GANG / "DONNA SUMMER REMIXED"
+ DJ Kon (aka Christian Taylor): Disco Dance Party to celebrate Donna Summer, Dorchester's disco icon.
August 8 - SOULELUJAH + CULTURES OF SOUL
+ 60s, 70s, soul-funk- R&B DJs.
+ DJ TY Jesso: Soulelujah
+ DJ Jeff: Cultures of Soul  
August 22 - PRE-PARTY FOR THE BOSTON URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL*
+ DJ Rob Suave: Salsa, Merengue , Bachata, Reggaeton, and Cha Cha Salsa. 
+ Pico Picante: Global Bass, Tropical, Latin, Digital Cumbia

*BOSTON URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.

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