Strategies in Community Engagement 


Community engagement surely is a buzz word in the Public Art realm, but what does it take for public artists to engage with a community in a meaningful and successful way? NEFA is actively involved in supporting Public Art and New England's Creative Economy and is pleased to present a session that brings together artists, creative economy practitioners, and community participants.
Join us at the Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall to hear from a panel of public artists speak about their community engagement projects. As always, there will be plenty of time for networking!

Special introduction
to community engagement by Khalida Smalls, Program Director of Member Organizing at Alternatives for Community and Environment in Roxbury, MA. 

Project presenters
  • Boston artist Carolina Aragon and Lillian Hsu of the Cambridge Arts Council presenting Flocks
  • Curator and consultant Michelle Cohen and New York artist Robyn Love presenting Unconditional Yes
  • Rhode Island based artist and administrator Howie Sneider presenting the Railroad Street Youth Project.
For this session, we welcome questions in advance from guests. If you have inquiries about community engagement projects, topics, challenges, etc., please send them to Public Art Intern, Elysian McNiff at emcniff@nefa.org.


The Public Art Discussion Series is sponsored by NEFA’s Fund for the Arts with generous support from Anonymous.  

WHEN: January 23, 2012 | 6:00PM-9:00PM (Doors will open at 5:30PM for refreshments.)

WHERE: Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall | 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 

  • Public transportation: Hibernian Hall is a 15-minute walk from the Orange Line (Roxbury Crossing Station)
  • Parking is available in Peking House's lot, located at 160 Dudley Street (next to Hibernian Hall).


Contact: Elysian McNiff
Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should contact NEFA staff above.