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Monday, November 24, 2014 "Fenway's 30 Second Cinema"Winners Announced

Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and Boston Art Commission Announce Winners of "Fenway's 30 Second Cinema" 

BOSTON - The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) and Boston Art Commission are proud to announce the winners of “Fenway's 30 Second Cinema,” a digital art competition which gives Boston-area artists the opportunity to display their work on a prominent digital sign next to Fenway Park.

MONUM and the Boston Art Commission asked artists to submit their digital art, such as motion graphics and short films, up to 30 seconds long. Representatives of MONUM and the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture judged the submissions

“Fenway’s 30 Second Cinema competition is a terrific opportunity for Boston-area digital artists to showcase their work to thousands of residents and visitors in a high-visibility public space,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The high quality of these submissions speaks to the overwhelming talent and creative vision in the City of Boston that will make one of Boston’s most beloved streets even more dynamic.”

Twelve winners were selected and will have their pieces displayed on the Orange Barrel Media digital sign at the intersection of Ipswich and Lansdowne Streets starting today. The winning submissions will be displayed every hour for 30 seconds between regular advertising programming on the digital sign (14 feet high by 48 feet wide). In addition, the City will award the winning artists $300.

“Fenway's 30-Second Cinema” is part of a host of initiatives from the City of Boston to engage and highlight Boston's creative community in public spaces. Recent activities include the Boston Art Commission’s Pop-Up! Dudley Connections ( a pop-up art series in Dudley Square, and the Public Space Invitational (, a civic design competition that invited artists, designers, and engineers to rethink Boston's public spaces.

To view “Fenway’s 30 Second Cinema” winners, visit:    


The 12 Winning Submissions:

Corey Corcoran's “12 Items or Less”

Corcoran is a Boston-based artist and illustrator. His work has been exhibited throughout the country and extensively in the Greater Boston area including group shows at LaMontagne Gallery, Suffolk University Art Gallery, deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, and Montserrat College of Art. His work has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, and Beautiful Decay. Corcoran received a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and he is a 2011 recipient of a Clowes Fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Most recently, he has created several animations for the outdoor marquee at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. 


Rob Eckel's “Walls of Water”

Eckel has had a life-long passion for film that by high school began skewing towards the surreal and experimental. During his senior year of high school he attended the Fast Forward program at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Film Production and now works as a freelance Director of Photography, editor, and production worker around New England and beyond.


Sarah Gay-O'Neill's “In the Crowd”

Gay-O’Neill is an artist and educator based in Boston. She can be found teaching animation and digital media at MassArt and Harvard University. Gay-O’Neill is a long-time contributing member of Rifrakt Artist Collective who participated in a show at Boston City Hall regarding three family homes in Boston proper. In March 2013 she received a glowing review from Artscope Magazine as well as a Maker’s Mark Award at the 2013 MassArt Auction. Her animations have screened at a number of festivals garnering awards along the way.


Lina Maria Giraldo's “Up”

Giraldo is a Boston-based media artist who holds a Master of Professional Studies on Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she was the recipient of both the Paulette Godard and the Tisch School Scholarships. She was awarded the Tsongas Scholarship at Mass College of Art, where she majored in Studio of interrelated Media with Departmental Honors and Academic Distinction. Her work has been displayed in galleries and shows as well as public spaces throughout Boston, New York, and Colombia. The Boston Globe, ABC News, and WBGH have highlighted her. Giraldo was selected to be part of the John F. Kennedy Legacy Gallery in the category of the Arts and has received grants from the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation and the St. Botolph Foundation.


Ravi Jain's “Binds”

Jain is multi-disciplinary artist whose work has played out across Boston in the guises of a car-based talk show (“DriveTime”), an innovative web sitcom set in Jamaica Plain (“Three Abreast”) and as self-proclaimed “Transportation Pioneer” inaugurating new roads and rail lines. Jain oversees video and multimedia development for Boston College's Office of Marketing Communications and teaches Digital Media at Northeastern University.


Michael Lewy's “Office Chair”

Lewy is an artist who works in a variety of media including photography, video and computer graphics. He received his MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and also works as an illustrator for such clients as the New York Times book review and HiLow books. He is the author of Chart Sensation, a book of PowerPoint charts and has shown at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Pacific Film Archives, and Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston.


Robert Maloney's “Endless”

Maloney is a Boston-based mixed media artist and instructor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from MassArt. Maloney’s 2D and 3D constructions and video work incorporates elements of the urban landscape, typography, topography and architecture. Maloney’s recent body of work explores the passing of time and the accumulation and deterioration of human experiences as they are subjected to various states of temporal erosion. In the end, only a trace of these elements may remain as if they are the footprints or skeletons of their previous existences.


Denise Manseau's “particles and waves”

Manseau investigates the nature of constantly changing relationships in the environment. With drawing and painting at the core of her practice, she has expanded her methodology to include sound vibration and light as a medium in drawing and video. Manseau holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and her BFA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She maintains a studio at the Arts Research Collaborative, an art space in Lowell dedicated to arts dialogue and education.


Matthew Shanley's “Ferry Ride”

Shanley is a multimedia artist whose range of practice includes sound, installation, public art, generative computer projects, video, Internet art, and print. He holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art, and a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and currently resides in Boston.


Cindy Sherman Bishop's “The Way You Move”

Sherman Bishop is a visual artist, filmmaker, and digital creative. Originally a software developer and a painter, her work ranges from creating new tools for artistic expression to realizing immersive, interactive environments with full-body interaction. She received her MFA in Dynamic Media at Massachusetts College of Art in 2013, and is continuing to explore the intersection of art, video, and technology at MIT with a fellowship in the Comparative Media Studies department. She also has various exhibitions scheduled including one at the Peabody Essex Museum this spring.


Remi Thornton's “Stucco House”

Thornton is an artist and photographer from Melrose. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and his photographs have been highly collected by private and public collections including Fidelity Investments and Wellington Management. Thornton is currently represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston. Thornton lives with his wife and a heavily-photographed Chihuahua/Pug mix named Winnie Cooper. 


Andrea Zampitella's “Within and Without Bounds”

Zampitella is a multimedia video and performance artist. In Zampitella’s current work, she confines herself to reveal a sense of restrictiveness, lyricism, and subsequent humanity. Zampitella's performance and installations explore the threshold of pain and beauty and the tension between the natural and manmade. Zampitella has exhibited in galleries and public spaces around Boston including the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, The Boston Children’s Museum, Axiom Gallery, Mobius Gallery, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Andrea Zampitella attended the Massachusetts College of Art where she earned a MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and Studio for Interrelated Media. Currently, she is a Library/Media Specialist at Winchester High School.


About the Boston Art Commission

The Boston Art Commission is the oldest municipal art commission in the United States, established in 1890 to approve and site new public art on property owned by the City of Boston. It aims to engender and support a thriving artistic consciousness throughout Boston’s many communities and neighborhoods.


About the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston serves as the City's innovation incubator, building partnerships between internal agencies and outside entrepreneurs to pilot projects that address resident needs.


About Orange Barrel Media

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Orange Barrel Media provides outdoor advertising across the country, including digital signs near Fenway Park and Boston's Innovation District. Their displays feature a blend of public service, arts, community content, and sponsored messages.


Monday, November 24, 2014 Rosie's Place Mural Dedication

As part of their 40th anniversary celebration this year, Rosie’s Place commissioned a mural that features the images of four local champions of social justice: Melnea Cass, Frieda Garcia, Judy Norsigian and Kip Tiernan.

The vibrant 12’ x 24’ mural was recently affixed to the exterior back wall of the organization's auxiliary office space at 47 Thorndike Street, Boston and faces Melnea Cass Boulevard. Click here for photos of the creative process this summer with the Mayor’s Mural Crew!

You are invited to the dedication of the mural at 47 Thorndike Street, on 
Wednesday, December 3 at 4 p.m.

There will be remarks by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Rosie’s Place Executive Director Sue Marsh, and Mayor’s Mural Crew Director Heidi Schork, followed by refreshments.

Please RSVP to or 617.318.0210.


Friday, November 21, 2014 Three New Members Appointed to the BCC

BOSTON -- Mayor Martin J. Walsh has appointed Sarah Edrie of Dorchester, Ann Moritz of the North End, and Shawn Radley of Dorchester to the 15-member Boston Cultural Council.  

With these additions, the Boston Cultural Council now includes representatives from every City Council District and Boston’s wide array of arts and culture disciplines.

 “These women and men volunteer their time to the Boston Cultural Council to help the City of Boston determine how best to allocate funds to arts and cultural organizations that improve the quality of life for all of us in Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “We are very fortunate to have so much knowledge and experience on this year’s council. I am confident the Boston Cultural Council will help the City of Boston have an even greater impact now that we have increased support from City Hall by matching the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s funding.”  

The Boston Cultural Council has begun evaluating applications for the 2015 grant funding cycle and will announce recipients for grants totaling $320,000 in February. This year, the guidelines were revised:

•Applications are now open to organizations based outside Boston whose primary programming takes place in Boston.

•Project specific grants are now eligible for funding. Projects must exhibit a tangible benefit to the city of Boston. Example: performance, workshop, festival, exhibitions, and/or demonstration.

•Fiscal Year 2014 grant applicants could apply for Fiscal Year 2015.

•Disciplines will not be rotated in FY15. Applications were accepted for music, film and video, traditional and folk arts, visual arts, theatre, dance, humanities, literary arts, multi-discipline, and field trips.

The three new Boston Cultural Council members include:  

Sarah Edrie is a Dorchester resident and graduate of Emerson College. Her arts advocacy started when she landed in Boston, fresh from the North Dakota farm where she grew up, and began a work-study job at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, helping to restore the old theatre to its present glory. Some nights people can find her alter ego, Edrie Edrie, playing the accordion for the local rock group Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. 

Ann Moritz is principal of Moritz Advisory Group where she has consulted to organizations with an emphasis on cultural and educational priorities. She co-designed the program Building Alliances across Race for Women Leaders. Ann serves on the Executive Committee of Commonwealth Compact, as well as the Steering Committee of Boston Busing/Desegregation Project. The annual Gospel Night at the Boston Pops began with the initiative of a BSO Diversity Committee that Ann helped design. Ann served as trustee for Outward Bound in Boston, where she developed and led the board’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She devoted most of her 12+ years at the Boston Globe supervising its Human Relations operations. Ann serves as adjunct faculty at Lesley University.  

Shawn Radley is the owner of Developing Artist Management and Talent Buyer for Kendall Concerts. He brings over 20 years experience in concert promotion, artist management and talent buying at all levels, having worked with local and regional artists as well as multi-platinum recording artists in all facets of their careers.

Returning Boston Cultural Council members include Lisa Bello, Tory Bullock, Aubre Carreón Aguilar, Sue Dahling Sullivan, Nia Grace, Stephanie Janes, Derek Lumpkins, Yvonne Ng, Abigail Norman, Chika Offurum, Yaritza Pena, and Priscilla Rojas. For additional information, visit.

The Boston Cultural Council (BCC), under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture, 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 our city. The BCC is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each community. The BCC is comprised of 15 Boston residents appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh to serve for up to six years each. The BCC 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 the neighborhoods of Boston. For more information, visit.   

Monday, November 10, 2014 Artist Juanjo Novella Named Finalist for Freedom Project


Juanjo Novella, an internationally-recognized sculptor of public art, has been selected to create a permanent artwork in Doherty-Gibson Park (also known as Town Field) in Dorchester’s Fields Corner neighborhood that celebrates and commemorates journeys to freedom. Commissioned by the Fields Corner-based community development corporation Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID) in collaboration with the City of Boston Parks Department, the Boston Art Commission, and the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund, a public charitable trust administered by the City of Boston Boston Trust Office, the artwork will create a focal point in the park’s plaza along Dorchester Avenue.

A ten-member selection committee composed of residents, community leaders, artists, a university professor, and representatives from the Boston Art Commission and the Boston Parks Department made the decision following a lengthy process involving intensive public feedback on the design proposals of three competing finalists. The committee selected the finalists from a pool of 144 artists who applied for the public art commission from 27 states and 9 countries.

The artist proposes a tall, curved sculpture called “Freedom Home” built with a steel membrane comprised of the word “freedom” repeated in multiple languages that will be lit up at night. Inspired by the mountainous island cliffs in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay as well as the shapes of the roads circumscribing Fields Corner, Novella seeks to integrate the piece with the community. The sculpture has an open door and will sit in the center of the plaza currently occupied by a circular plantings bed. This placement will recover more space in the plaza for people to interact with the piece and traverse through and around it.

“Through “Freedom Home,” we honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Mr. Novella has thoughtfully represented the universal experience of those who came to Boston seeking hope and equality. We are grateful to VietAID for the their work to bring important artwork to our neighborhoods.”

The selection committee and public input conveyed great excitement with the scale and use of the entire plaza. The selection also was based on the transparency of the work, durability of materials, the elegant use of language, and the message of inclusion. Additionally compelling was the artist’s willingness to continue to modify his design based on community input, including the important element of color.

“This unique sculpture will create an icon for Fields Corner and will help to establish Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture” said Nam Pham, VietAID’s Executive Director. “As a refugee who, like many, came to America in search of freedom, I am very moved by Novella’s use of Ha Long Bay as inspiration for the form. Our goal also is for this artwork not only to appeal to my Vietnamese experience but also to speak to all people who call Fields Corner home, regardless of where they came from.”

Award-winning Spanish artist Juanjo Novella has commissioned artworks installed across Europe, Asia, North America, and New Zealand, including in Madrid, Spain; Asan-Si, South Korea; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Lubbock, Texas. He also has had many exhibitions of his work, including at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. While his artistic career began simultaneously with painting and sculpture, he now works exclusively in the field of public art. He has extensive experience working in urban environments and has participated in several master plans for improving urban landscapes integrating systems of sculpture, painting, and landscape design.

VietAID is grateful for all of the public interest and support for the Freedom Public Art Project and for the financial support of the City of Boston’s Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund that made the planning and artist selection process possible. Construction of a finalized design of the sculpture will depend on the success of future fundraising initiatives to offset the anticipated $500,000 total cost of the project.

For more information about the Freedom Public Art Project and about how to contribute to the artwork, click here or contact VietAID at 617-822-3717.


Thursday, October 23, 2014 Freedom Public Art Project Proposals

Please share your thoughts on the Freedom Public Art Project concept proposals!

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID), in coordination with the Boston Art Commission and Boston Parks Department, will commission one artist to create a permanent and highly visible art work at Doherty-Gibson Park (also known as Town Field) to identify Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture, honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy, and simultaneously serve as inspiration for the neighborhood’s aspirations for freedom from poverty and crime.

With support from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund, VietAID issued a call to artists throughout the world to apply, and 144 artists from 27 states and 9 countries submitted their qualifications. A selection committee comprised of residents, community leaders, artists, and a university professor selected three artists, Anh Tran, Joe O’Connell, and Juanjo Novella, to create a design proposal.

The finalists each presented their concepts at a public meeting held on October 20, 2014. 

You can view the artists' proposals online below or at VietAID's website. The artists’ presentation boards are on display at the Fields Corner Branch Library, 1520 Dorchester Avenue, through October 29th. Additionally, the models of the sculptures will be on display at VietAID’s Community Center, 42 Charles Street, this weekend (October 25 & 26) from noon to 5 pm, during Dorchester Open Studios.

Please click on each image below for the artist’s proposal:

Anh Tran         


Joe O’Connell


Juanjo Novella

 Novella 28_Small


 Please email your comments to All comments received by 5 pm on October 29 will be shared with the selection panel. The winner will be announced on November 7, 2014.

Learn more at VietAID's website.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 R Visions for Chinatown: Remain. Reclaim. Rebuild! October 19 - 25th!

R Visions for Chinatown is a one-week series of temporary art interventions in Boston’s Chinatown highlighting public parcels or properties with potential for community development. 

In response to displacement and the pressure of luxury development, the community created its own Chinatown Master Plan and is working for the goal of 1000 new or newly preserved affordable housing units, for a community-led library, a permanent facility for the Josiah Quincy Upper School, and to stabilize working class residents and small family-owned businesses.  These art projects, curated and sponsored by the Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association, represent a part of the community's efforts to reclaim public land and to rebuild a strong sense of community as Chinatown organizes for the right to remain.

R Visions for Chinatown features five projects created by nine local artists and include visual art, multi-media pieces, installations, interactive projects, as well as performances, running at different times during the week of October 19 – 25.  

Download your R Visions for Chinatown Walking Guide here, or grab one from the Chinese Progressive Association's Wong/Yee Gallery (One Nassau Street Unit 2, or 28 Ash Street) or just walk around Chinatown and look for these sites!

Please join the artists at a fundraising reception to benefit Right to the City Boston on Thursday, October 23, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Wong/Yee Gallery of the Chinese Progressive Association. Suggested donation $10 or more. Arrive by 6:00 pm to join us for an Art Walk!

For more information go to for further details.


Friday, October 3, 2014 Finalist Presentations for the Freedom Project

Finalist Presentations for the Freedom Project

Public Art in Fields Corner: Doherty - Gibson Park

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, 6 - 9 pm

Vietnamese American Community Center, 42 Charles Street


Viet-AID has received a planning grant from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund, a public charitable trust administered by the City of Boston, to select an artist for a public art project on Town Field in Fields Corner. 


Join us as the three finalists (Juanjo Novella, Joe O’Connell and Anh Tranh) present their design concepts and answer questions. Design concepts will be on view at the Fields Corner Library Oct. 21 - 29.


See or contact Project Manager Jean Mineo at for more information.






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