Public Art


Creative City project encourages American Dreamers to share their stories

American Dreamers Write: Reclaiming Our Stories is a community writing project centered around sharing stories as a uniquely powerful way to raise our voices, take action, and promote understanding about the experiences of Dreamers, immigrants, and children of immigrants by bringing their stories into the public realm via written works, public readings, and video projects.Read more »


Art & Culture Discussion Series: Art & Public Health

Art and culture implemented in community spaces through public art and cultural events can have a positive impact on community health in multiple ways. On Monday, April 23, a discussion about Art and Public Health wrapped up the third and final installment of a three-part Art and Culture Discussion Series co-hosted by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Designed to explore how public art can address a range of planning goals and objectives related to green infrastructure, community building, economic development, and...Read more »


Project Listen: Pop-Up Movement Performances by the Deaf Community

The month of May is ripe with public events within NEFA’s Creative City Program. The first is Project Listen, a series of outdoor public pop-up movement performances by the Deaf community, choreographed by Wendy Jehlen of ANIKAYA Dance Theater. The performances, free and open to the public, will take place hourly on Saturday, May 5, 2018, throughout Boston.Read more »


Creative City Grantee Events: May 2018

Spring weather has arrived in earnest just in time to welcome the first Creative City-supported performances of the new year. This month features presentations across and beyond disciplines and throughout the city of Boston. We hope you will be able to attend some of these events!Read more »


Creative City Q&A with Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner

Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner’s Creative City-supported The Way We Live Now (2018) is a multimedia, performance-based collaborative project centered on the Susan Sontag short story The Way We Live Now (1987). This project updates the story, originally set during the AIDS epidemic, to reflect our current opioid epidemic and uses this updated script to facilitate the public processing of what too often remain private and painful experiences. This project uses the model of Susan Sontag’s short story to ask: What does it mean to live within an epidemic? How do we continue living?Read more »


Tortilla Social in the city!

Last fall, artist Salvador Jiménez-Flores led his Creative City project Tortilla Social, a mobile, interactive community participatory visual art and culinary project throughout Boston. Read more »


Social Media Social

Creative City’s artists have a wealth of expertise to offer one another to help fill gaps in sustaining their practices. On March 1, we gathered for our first cross-cohort gathering of the year, the Social Media Social. This evening paired short presentations on some best practices for using social media along with some time for grantees from across cohorts to connect with one another in person.Read more »


Art & Green Infrastructure

On January 29, more than 70 artists, arts administrators, and regional and municipal planners gathered at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to learn more about the intersections of public art and the environment.Read more »


The Chroma Line: Bridging the Gap

At the end of 2017, after many months of community listening, project planning, and municipal red tape, lead artist Jillian Wiedenmayer installed her Creative City project, The Chroma Line, a curated art walk across Allston’s Franklin Footbridge, located between Lincoln and Cambridge Streets in Allston.Read more »


Creative City Grantee Events: December 2017

As the year 2017 nears its end, we are excited to share these Creative City-supported projects by members of the program’s fourth cohort. Check out the final exhibition of Salvador Jiménez-Flores’ Tortilla Social and a winter concert by Patchtax and the MANNA singers.Read more »


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