In an effort to support good public health practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, NEFA and MAPC have decided to postpone this event.

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How might creative acts of remembering and imagining in public help us reframe the past and present–and see more inclusive futures?

Join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) for a conversation that explores the power of public art to catalyze critical dialogue around public memory, representation, and belonging, and to transform public life. You’ll hear from artists, curators, and organizers who use creative strategies to reframe public memory and imagine future possibilities for more inclusive, thriving spaces and communities.

Four headshots of people smiling.
(from left) Paul Farber, Erin Genia, Kate Gilbert, and Stephen Hamilton | photos credits (respectively): courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania, self portrait, Bianca Mauro, and Alberto Montoval/WBUR.

Guest Speakers

  • Paul Farber - Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Monument Lab and Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Public Art and Space at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design (keynote speaker and moderator)
  • Erin Genia (Dakota/Odawa) - Multidisciplinary artist, educator and cultural worker specializing in Indigenous arts and culture
  • Kate Gilbert - Executive Director of Now + There
  • Stephen Hamilton - Artist and educator, based in Boston

This event is part of a series organized by the MAPC's Arts and Culture Department and NEFA's Public Art Department in conjunction with MAPC’s MetroCommon 2050 planning process. This unique, cross-sector initiative brings together artists and creators, planners, and policy makers to discuss the evolving relationship among public art, public memory, and public policy and to explore how artists can envision and shape more inclusive, thriving spaces and communities in Greater Boston.

Read an introductory blog for the event series in our news.

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