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Senior Executive Affairs & Special Projects Officer

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Newell Flather Award for Leadership in Public Art through February 26, 2021.  

Currently in its second year, the Newell Flather Award honors two Massachusetts artists/curators/arts administrators who have demonstrated leadership in contributing to the evolving field of public art and inspiring more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life. Each recipient is awarded $5,000 of unrestricted funds in celebration of their leadership and impact in the field. In 2020, the inaugural awards were made to Silvia Lopez Chavez, visual artist, muralist, and designer; and Kate Gilbert, curator, artist, and executive director of Now + There, a nonprofit organization dedicated to public art.  

Learn more about the Newell Flather Award for Leadership in Public Art and past awardees

Do you know an artist, curator and/or arts administrator in Massachusetts who creates/curates/supports public art that… 

  • Helps us to see, feel, experience, and imagine more just futures for our public spaces and public culture. 
  • Addresses the intersectionality of spatial justice and racial justice as critical to cultivating a more vibrant public art ecosystem. 
  • Recognizes the importance of context in public artmaking. 
  • Inspires more just, vibrant, and welcoming public spaces and public life in Massachusetts 
  • Shares NEFA’s vision and values for the evolving field of public art. 

We’d love for you to nominate them for the 2021 Newell Flather Award for Leadership in Public Art!  

Nominate now! 

Nominations for the 2021 awardees are now open through February 26, 2021. For inquiries and questions, please contact Kim Szeto, Public Art Program Director, at kszeto@nefa.org. Awards will be made Spring 2021.